According to CNN, the Mississippi River was closed at two different locations Thursday after a barge ran aground near Greenville, Mississippi.
Coast Guard spokesman Lt. JG McMillian said: “This Greenville closure affects a 10-mile stretch of the Lower Mississippi.”
He added that this incident represents the 24th closure his office has monitored in past weeks.
The Army Corps of Engineers carried out dredging operations on Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wisconsin.
The traffic closures occurred just as a historic drought and excessive heat reduce water levels and scorch wide sections of the U.S. Midwest, reports CNN.
Dredging Today Staff, August 3, 2012