[Nameplate] Fair ~ 77°F  
High: 89°F ~ Low: 73°F
Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

Low water

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Workers unload a barge for Crop Production Services Monday afternoon at the New Madrid County Port's slack water harbor along the Mississippi River. With falling river levels, officials are worried without dredging the harbor will not be usable by the three companies with facilities there.
(Photo by Jill Bock, Staff)
Low river levels causing problems for the New Madrid County Port


NEW MADRID -- Tenants and officials at the New Madrid County Port are hoping cooperation from Old Man River will hold out until the dredge boat gets here.

This spring, water at a height of around 60 feet on the Mississippi River at the gauge in Cairo, Ill., was making headlines as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer ultimately made the decision to blow the frontline levee at Birds Point along with two additional crevasses south of Birds Point.

Timmie Lynn Hunter, director of the New Madrid County Port Authority, is now struggling with the challenges low river levels cause for the port's slackwater harbor.

For the complete article and more stories from the Standard Democrat, click here to log on to the electronic edition.