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Mississippi River Commission concerned about low river levels

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Members of the Mississippi River Commission say they're extremely concerned about low river levels.. Members of the Mississippi River Commission say they're extremely concerned about low river levels..
CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KFVS) -

Members of the Mississippi River Commission say the river is at a near record low.

The group met Monday in Caruthersville to discuss the results of their low water inspection tour.

Members say they're extremely concerned.

"The unofficial 28 day forecast is for no rain and if that happens, we will be approaching the water levels, the historic water levels of 1988 which means problems up and down the river system," said R.D. James with the Mississippi River Commission. "If we go below the water stages of 1988, I don't think there'll be enough dredges available even if we had the money to maintain the harbors and the channel from Cairo to the Gulf. It'd be tragic."

The commission advises the Army Corps of Engineers on managing the river.

Ninety-seven barges and boats are stuck on the river near Greenville, Mississippi. An 11 mile stretch of water has been shut down because its just too low for boats to travel it.

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