Flooding still hinders scrap shipments

Apr 23, 2013 | 05:26 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Illinois River, Mississippi River, flooding, lock and dam closures, Army Corps of Engineers, Coast Guard, Behr Iron & Metal, Dave Rumer Becker Iron & Metal

CHICAGO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled the reopening of locks and dams on the upper Mississippi River, but floodwaters were still cresting April 23 and were expected to continue to do so at points along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers over the next several days.

Meanwhile, flooding in places like Peoria, Ill., and St. Louis continued to affect metal shippers unevenly.
Rockford, Ill.-based Behr Iron & Metal Co., which has a location on the Illinois River at Peoria, was still operating April 23 thanks to its decision to raise its shredder, scales and office building 10 feet above the flood plain a couple of years ago, vice president Dave Rumer said. The problem that remains is logistics, he said. ....

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