A worker was seriously injured Wednesday morning when his boat was struck by an oncoming barge on the Missouri River.
Hundreds of gallons of oil have spilled into the Mississippi River after a barge accident early Friday morning near Alton.
For the second time in less than a week a Mississippi River bridge has been struck by a barge. The latest incident happened Thursday morning.
The watery highway that carries much of the nation’s grain, coal, petroleum and other commodities is shut down until further notice.
Yesterday morning, a barge became caught, forcing the Corps of Engineers to shut down a lock and dam that handles roughly half the nation’s farm exports.
Last week, the Army Corps of Engineers released water from Carlyle Lake down the Kaskaskia River in order to stave off a potential shutdown in early-January.
“The Corps’ rock pinnacle removal and dredging work and our collective prayers for rain have not produced enough water to sustain navigation on the Mississippi”
Right now, the water level is so low that the rocks threaten to halt barge traffic, leaving thousands of barge workers out of a job.
Barges leave 35 truckloads of product on dock so they don’t run aground.
The worst hit area are in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.