Dorena-Hickman Ferry closed due to high water levels

Dorena-Hickman Ferry closed due to high water levels
The Dorena-Hickman Ferry has temporarily halted serviced due to high water levels on the Mississippi River. (Source: KFVS)

(KFVS) - The Dorena-Hickman Ferry has temporarily halted serviced due to high water levels on the Mississippi River.

The ferry stopped serviced just before 12 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10.

It is expected to be closed for at least 13 days, possibly longer.

According to Ferry Captain Jeremy Newsom, the ferry normally halts operation when the Cairo Gauge goes above about 40 ft.

Due to some changes at the ferry landing, ferry managed to keep operating until the Cairo reading reached 45.4 ft., at 11:00 a.m. this morning.

The river forecast at Cairo indicates a crest at 53 ft. on Feb. 18 with a slow fall to about 50 ft. on Feb. 23 That would keep the ferry closed through that date.

With additional rain in the weather forecast, river levels at Hickman could remain elevated longer.

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry will attempt to provide timely notice when service resumes.

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry connects KY 1354 at Hickman, Kentucky, with Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, Missouri.

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