Rock removed from Mississippi River to keep barges moving

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(KTVI) – The Army Corps of Engineers is busy working on the Mississippi River this week.

The river level is down and to keep it open this winter, the engineers are removing rocks in an attempt to keep barge traffic open through the winter.

The Corps says contractors will remove about 2,800 cubic yards of rock over the next several months from the bottom of the river.

This is an extension ofwork that began last winter near the Illinois town of Thebes.