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Mississippi Barge Breakaway Not the Only One

Meanwhile, the Coast Guard investigation continues. One big question: should 114 barges breaking loose raise eyebrows?

05/01/2013

Coast Guard photo of one of eleven barges that sank south of St. Louis in flood-swollen Mississippi.

Past Problems for Breakaway Barge Company

Investigators are looking into what caused more than 100 barges to break free during recent flooding.

04/30/2013

Large timber floats down the Mississippi River, collecting near the Eads Bridge on the St. Louis riverfront in St. Louis on April 23, 2013. Forcasters expect the river to rise to about 35 feet at St. Louis, 15 feet over flood stage with a crest expected on April 24. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Mississippi Crests at St. Louis, Begins Descent

The river reached 35.5, feet 5.5 feet above flood stage, at a gauge near the Gateway Arch early Thursday morning but had fallen about a half-foot by midday.

04/25/2013

file photo courtesy: umsl.edu

UPDATE: Barges Loose Near St. Louis

Jefferson Barracks Bridge was closed for inspection early Sunday, but has since re-opened.

04/21/2013

Low water levels on Mississippi River near St. Louis could cause barges to stop costing billions

Recent Rains Ease Fears Of A Mississippi River Shutdown

There had been concern that barge traffic would grind to a halt due to an ongoing drought, widely considered by experts to be the worst in decades.

01/31/2013

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Rock Blasting Efforts Commence in Effort to Keep Mississippi River Open

The corps has hired contractors to use explosives to remove the pinnacles that stretch over about six miles near Thebes, Ill.

12/19/2012