Upper Mississippi River Reservoir to be Released

Posted: Nov 16, 2012 12:46 PM by Associated Press

Rating: 0.0 (0 votes)

ST. LOUIS - A top Corps of Engineers official has ordered the release of water from an upper Mississippi River reservoir in an effort to avoid closure of the river at St. Louis.

Corps Major General John Peabody says the release from a reservoir in Minnesota will eventually add 3-6 inches of depth at St. Louis. However, that will fall well short of offsetting the projected drop of up to 3 feet when the corps reduces the flow of the Missouri River starting next week.

The drought has left both the Missouri and Mississippi dangerously low. Barge traffic at St. Louis could come to a halt starting next month. Businesses that work and ship on the Mississippi are seeking a presidential declaration to stop the corps from cutting the Missouri River flow.

KOMU First Alert Weather

Most Popular Right Now

Select a station to view its upcoming show schedule: KOMU 8 CW Mid-Missouri's CW

Coming Up Next

11:00 amCycling
12:00 pmRoad to the Presidents Cup
12:30 pmDew Tour

Tonight's Schedule

6:00 pmFootball Night in America
7:20 pmSunday Night Football

Coming Up Next

11:30 amPaid Program
12:00 pmSeinfeld
12:30 pmCougar Town

Tonight's Schedule

7:00 pmNo Mercy
9:00 pmKOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30 pmCougar Town