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Mississippi Seen by U.S. at Barge-Limiting Levels in 2013

The Missouri and upper Mississippi rivers have a greater chance of returning to drought-depleted levels because of dry soil and low reservoirs, forecasters said, signaling fresh limits for barges on the busiest U.S. waterway.

The rivers “will have to have greater-than-normal” rain to avoid repeating near-record low levels this year, Steve Buan, a hydrologist at the National Weather Service, said today at a congressional staff briefing. “We are going to have to have rain in spring and fall, so we don’t have a situation like we had last year.”