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River barge tows

Upper Mississippi, Illinois River traffic resumes

Some tows still being restricted by high water, preventing passage under some bridges.

Conditions have improved enough for river traffic to resume both on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture noted in its latest “Grain Transportation Report.” River levels this year at St. Louis, Mo., have been well above average and, at times, even above 1993 levels, when a flood brought the Mississippi River to record levels many times, including a 49.6 ft. reading at St. Louis on Aug. 1, 1993. This year, barge traffic was stopped at St. Louis on May 23

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