Mississippi Shutdown Averted as Rains Ease Danger at Choke Point

Mississippi Shutdown Averted as Rains Ease Danger at Choke Point

Erik M. Lunsford/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP Photo

A towboat pushes a barge past Lock & Dam 27 on Jan. 23, 2013, in Granite City. Ill. A key stretch of the Mississippi River reopened to shipping after hasty repairs were made to a lock damaged by a barge, marking the latest victory for stewards of the drought-plagued waterway they have maneuvered to keep open.