Rusty Garrett here with the weekend outlook: Saturday will be the milder of the two days. Sun and clouds will be the rule with early weekend highs in the mid 80s. Back to the low to mid 90s on Sunday!
ST. LOUIS (November 17, 2012)--The gentle whir of passing barges is as much a part of life in St. Louis as the Gateway Arch and the Cardinals and serves as a constant backdrop to a community intricately intertwined with the Mississippi River.
But next month, those barges packing such necessities as coal, farm products and petroleum could instead be parked along the river's banks.
The drought that has gripped the Midwest has left the Mighty Mississippi critically low and it will get even lower if the Army Corps of Engineers presses ahead with plans to reduce the flow from a Missouri River dam.
Mississippi River interests fear the reduction will force a halt to barge traffic at St. Louis, perhaps within weeks.
They warn the economic fallout could force layoffs, raise fuel costs and pinch the nation's food supply.