Pulse – Sinking Mississippi River Levels
ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – This week’s edition of The Pulse of St. Louis takes a closer look at the dangerously low water levels on the Mississippi River. If water levels continue to drop, due to record setting drought, barges that transport coal, steel, corn, grain, and other products could come to a halt.
Senator Claire McCaskill wrote a letter to Governor Jay Nixon formally requesting he seeks help from the White House to help solve the problem. If action isn’t taken soon, barge traffic could stop by December 10, 2012 sending a tremendous blow to the economy.