Drought-exposed River Sandbars Called a Danger
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The low water levels along some of the nation's big rivers are exposing seldom-seen sandbars. But river experts are urging people to stay clear of what is often essentially quicksand.
People boating and fishing sometimes stop along sandbars. Steve Barry, emergency management chief for the Corps of Engineers office in Memphis, Tenn., says the drought-exposed sand along rivers like the Mississippi and Missouri has been below the surface so long that it is saturated mud. The sand and the undercurrent of water is a dangerous combination.
Earlier this month, an 11-year-old girl had to be rescued after sand swallowed her up to her waist while she and her family fished along the Mississippi near New Madrid in southeast Missouri.