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The Mississippi River Logjam Is Starting to Ease

  • Some vessels had run aground because of low water levels
  • Coast Guard had cleared northbound backup at Stack Island
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The logjam of thousands of barges and boats backed up along the Mississippi River because of extremely low water levels showed some signs of easing on Monday. 

The US Coast Guard said an entire queue of vessels that were stuck at Stack Island after ships started running aground had been cleared. But 22 vessels and 392 barges were still waiting to move southbound, according to a statement. That’s still an improvement from over the weekend, when more than 2,000 barges were stalled.