Mississippi River level keeps dropping in South

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Jul 26, 2012 at 6:52 am

MEMPHIS, TN (AP) - The Mississippi River level is continuing to drop, and  the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis says it is using survey boats and  dredges to maintain safe navigation.
The National Weather Service says drought has dropped the river's summer level  in Memphis to about 13 feet below normal, and it could fall another two feet by Aug. 1.
That would still be above the river's record low set in 1988. The Coast Guard  says it has no current plans to close sections of the river.
Still, the low levels are causing problems for river barges, which haul goods  up and down the waterway. Barges are traveling with smaller loads to allow them  to avoid grounding themselves on the river bottom.


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