First Flooding, Now Low Water on the Mississippi Causing Problems

ST. LOUIS (AP) The level of the Mississippi River has now dropped so much that low water is causing problems.

It's a much different situation than just weeks ago when the river experienced massive flooding.

Twice this week, tows pushing barges on the Mississippi north of St. Louis have become stuck in dirt and sand in the navigation channel. That's partly because the massive flooding in June washed ton after ton of sand and soil into the river.

But it is also because portions of the Midwest have seen very little rain in the weeks since the flood.

The change in river levels has been stunning. At Keokuk, Iowa, the Mississippi peaked at 26.9 feet on June 17th. By yesterday, it was at 4.2 feet. At St. Louis, the river reached 38.7 feet on July 1st. It now stands at 8.4 feet.

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