Unrelenting Midwest Rains Add to Wettest 12 Months Ever for U.S.

By Brian K. Sullivan (Bloomberg) -- The rain across the Midwest and Great Plains that’s closed refineries, flooded streets and snarled Mississippi River traffic shows no sign of abating, adding to the U.S.’s wettest 12-month stretch on record. Heavy showers will fall from Texas to the Great Lakes as a months-long pattern of storms continues for at least the next week, said … [Read more...]

Mississippi River Barge Shipping Resumes After Floods

By Karl Plume and Rod Nickel May 17 (Reuters) - The upper Mississippi River fully reopened to boat and barge traffic this week for the first time since November as shippers scrambled to move a backlog of overdue fertilizer barges to farmers racing to sow corn before the end of the month. Some fertilizer shipments had been parked on river banks near St. Louis and further … [Read more...]

Upper Mississippi River Breaks 1993 Flood Record

The high water forced the U.S. Coast Guard to close a portion of the Mississippi River to all vessel traffic near St. Louis, Missouri.  By Brian K. Sullivan (Bloomberg) -- The Mississippi River broke a quarter-century flooding record at Rock Island, Illinois. For now, it’s seen as a fairly isolated event -- as long as rain eases. Levels rose 7.7 feet (2.3 meters) … [Read more...]

Another Towing Vessel Capsizes on Lower Mississippi River

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding today to a capsized towing vessel on the Lower Mississippi River near Donaldsonville, Louisiana as the waterway continues to experience high water.  The incident is the second capsizing involving a towing vessel in less than a week on the Lower Mississippi River.  Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a … [Read more...]