Drought has Mississippi River barge traffic all choked up
LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. (MCT) — Eight grim-faced men sit in a cramped, impromptu war room in the shadow of a levee on the Mississippi River.
With laptops opened to Web pages of the National Weather Service and the Army Corps of Engineers, the group of farmers, grain brokers and barge operators is engaged in what humans have grappled with for more than 200 years in the Mississippi Delta: puzzling out the latest blow from a stubborn river that refuses every effort to control it.
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