The river Mississippifollowing periods of scarce is raining, has fallen to levels not seen in years. This resulted in a malfunction of the river transport to the Gulf of Mexicoan important path for US exports.
The data of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have emphasized that in the stretch of river that turns to Memphisin Tennessee the river has reached depth lower registered since 2011, when the USGS began publishing this information. This is due to the low rainfall in various countries of the United States.
The low level of the river has a strong influence on exports. Corn was particularly affected by the halving of inland shipping.
This is a very sensitive time with the harvest in full swing, the worst time for dealing with very low water levels. At this time of year you usually see 40 or more barges in a row, being pushed by a tugboat. But at the moment there are more than 24 or 25 at a time, depending on the level of the river.
Deb Calhoun, Vice President of the Waterways Council
Source: Lega Nerd
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