July 17, 2012
Barge traffic heads north Monday up the Mississippi River along exposed river bottom south of downtown St. Louis. A year after the Mississippi River swelled to near-historic proportions and flooded farms and homes from Illinois to Louisiana, the level along the waterway’s southern half is so low cargo barges have run aground and their operators have been forced to lighten their loads.
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