Low water levels in the Mississippi are a concern

ST. LOUIS – The water level of the Mississippi is low, raising concerns among river-related businesses, farmers and residents of Missouri and Illinois.

Collinsville resident Ken Cook gaped at the Mississippi River in St. Louis on Tuesday night. He said he couldn’t believe how low the river level was.

“I would hate to be a pilot on a tugboat right now,” he said.

Barges could pass through St. Louis, but there were some river closures farther south near Tennessee and Mississippi.

“We urgently need rain,” said Mark Mestemacher, partner at Ceres Barge Line.

Mestemacher has been in the inland shipping business since 1979.

“The river gauges are so important for the river industry, for the grain industry and also for agriculture,” he said.

The low river level has resulted in barges not being filled to normal capacity.

“Right now we’re loading 1,500 to 1,600 tons on a barge instead of the usual 2,200 to 2,300 tons on a barge,” Mestemacher said.

The result is that more barges are needed. Economists say these additional supply chain costs are contributing to inflation.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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