Mississippi River shippers face flooding delays

Jun 05, 2013 | 04:39 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Mississippi River, flooding, lock closures, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, Beelman River Terminal, Ingram Barge, Grossman Iron & Steel Cap Grossman

CHICAGO — Flooding has forced several lock closures along the upper Mississippi River, stranding some barges carrying steel and steelmaking materials below St. Louis, according to government and industry sources.

"Locks 17, 18, 20, 21 and 22 are all closed," Hilary Markin, spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Rock Island District, told AMM June 5. "Basically, the water overtops the lock gates, so we pulled up our machinery. The flooding is not as bad as in April (amm.com, April 19) but it is still impacting us. Crests are not expected to be as high, based on National Weather Service reports."

Locks 17 and 18 are expected to reopen June 9, followed by Locks 21 and 22 on June 10 and Lock 20 on June 11, Markin said. "Those predictions (are) based on (weather) forecasting and the time it takes to clean and dry our machinery and get (ready) for navigation."....

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