Drought bares mean side of thirsty Miss. River

Drought bares mean side of thirsty Miss. River

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Drought bares mean side of thirsty Miss. River

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by HOLBROOK MOHR / Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on August 25, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Updated Saturday, Aug 25 at 11:14 AM

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Another day, another sandbar to clear on the clogged Mississippi River.
  
It's a routine that's settled in as the drought in the nation's central states leaves the river without the rainfall that is its lifeblood.
  
One estimate put barge industry losses at $1 billion the last time the river was this low, in 1988. That's why dredges, which clear the shipping channel, are so vital.
  
The Dredge Jadwin, a massive-four story U.S. Army Corps of Engineer vessel, is working around the clock to clear channels at Greenville, where a barge ran aground this week.
  
The Jadwin's quality control officer, Bobby Justice, says crews are dredging spots this years that they don't' usually have to.

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