According to timesunion.com, authorities reopened the Mississippi River to some boat traffic yesterday.
Ryan Tippets, the Coast Guard Petty Officer, stated: “A trickle of barges had begun heading north as of late afternoon, but clearing all 33 northbound tows and 72 southbound barge strings was going to be a slow process.”
Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Walthour said: “A safety zone remained in effect along the 11-mile stretch of river that first reopened late Tuesday after dredgers cleared enough mud to make a passable channel.”
The lowest measured water level of the Mississippi River near Memphis was in 1988 (-10.7 feet).
Dredging Today Staff, August 23, 2012