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Mississippi River shipping resumes at Ill. lock

January 23, 2013 • National News


A towboat pushes a barge past Lock & Dam 27 early Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Granite City. Ill. A key stretch of the Mississippi River reopened to shipping Wednesday after hasty repairs were made to a lock damaged by a barge, marking the latest victory for stewards of the drought-plagued waterway they have maneuvered to keep open. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Erik M. Lunsford)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A key stretch of the Mississippi River reopened to shipping Wednesday after hasty repairs were made to a lock damaged by a barge, marking the latest victory for stewards of the drought-plagued waterway they have maneuvered to keep open.

That crisis resolved, the Army Corps of Engineers is turning its attention back to the river’ creep toward record low levels because of the nation’s worst drought in decades. It remains confident the channel will be kept to at least the minimum depth required by barges.

This week’s closure of Lock and Dam 27 near Granite City, Login to read more

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