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Mississippi’s drop less than feared

Posted: December 6, 2012 at 3:54 a.m.

Tows ply the Mississippi River south of St. Louis in late November in this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard. Months of drought have left the Mississippi near historic low levels between St. Louis and Cairo, Ill.

A revised Mississippi River forecast offered a bit of a reprieve for shippers Wednesday, showing the water level isn’t dropping as quickly as feared. Still, at least two large barge companies already are reducing their loads over concerns about the river’s depth. Months of drought have left the Mississippi near historic low levels, a problem worsened last month when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reduced the outflow from an upper Missouri River dam, lessening the amount of water that drains into the Mississippi where the rivers converge near St. Louis.

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Business, Pages 25 on 12/06/2012

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