Low levels on the Mississippi River bringing issues in barge traffic

OMAHA, N.E.(WNAX)- Low levels on the Mississippi River have led to problems with commodity movements as barge traffic slows to a crawl.

The Missouri River won’t be much help according to John Remus, Chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Office in Omaha.

Remus says the Corps has minimal options for flow control on the Mississippi River.

Remus says the Missouri River does, at times, provide a good portion of the flow in the Mississippi above St Louis.

The 2022 calendar year runoff forecast for the upper Basin, updated is 19.5 Million Acre Feet, 76% of average.

Total System storage was 48.5 Million Acre Feet, which is 7.6 Million Acre Feet below the base of the flood control zone.