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Corps Continues Rock Removal in Mississippi River

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THEBES, Ill. (KMOX) - Despite the recent snowmelt and rain, the Mississippi River remains at a level that’s allowing the Army Corps of Engineers to remove rock pinnacles that halted barge traffic south of Cape Girardeau last year.

Corps Spokeswoman Sue Casseau told KMOX crews have been working at Thebes since last month and could be there through mid-March.

“We were under extreme conditions last year,” Casseau said. “We are trying to do it under more managed conditions this year.”

Casseau added that the aquifer was able to absorb the recent snow and rain without raising river levels.

Last year, water levels on the Mississippi River between St. Louis and Cairo, Ill. were so low barge traffic was threatened.

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