PortandTerminal.com, March 2, 2019
Heavy rains have caused high water levels and flooding on portions of the Mississippi River and its tributaries, triggering navigation restrictions that have delayed barge traffic throughout the system. The flooding has stalled the movement of barges that supply export terminals at the Gulf of Mexico with grain and soy, barge and grain traders said.
One lock on the Ohio River became impassable last week, halting vessels moving to and from the Mississippi River until as late as March 9.
“It’s a logistical nightmare, with this lock being closed … and the high water at the Gulf, and high water at Cairo, (Illinois). It’s just going to be that way for the next couple of weeks,” one cash grain trader said in a recent Reuters interview.
“The Mississippi Gulf accounts for 60 percent of our exports. So it impedes our ability to get
Further downriver, Gov. Edwards declared a state of emergency in Louisiana due to the Mississippi River flooding threat. This flood is a long way from over yet for grain exporters and ports.
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