St. Louis Public Radio News
11:01 am
Tue January 28, 2003

Barge Industry Hurting

St. Louis, MO – The Mississippi River at St. Louis is within two feet of the lowest level ever recorded, and it's at it's lower than at any time in the past decade.
Claude Strausser, a river engineer with the Corps of Engineers, says the levels are the result of two extreme weather events that are affecting the whole country.

Barge companies are being limited in how much they can ship along the river which is affecting their bottom line. Some estimates by the Coast Guard say the low water is costing the barge industry as much as two million dollars a day with the lower levels.