Mississippi River low water conditions look to continue into next year

Dry-Boat-Mississippi On Nov. 2, 2022, a decaying boat bakes in the mud where the Mississippi River once flowed at Riverside Park Marina south of downtown Memphis, Tenn. Credit: Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian

Luke 21:25,26 NLT “And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Lack of rain brought drought to much of the Mississippi River basin early this summer, and it’s likely going to linger into winter, Army Corps of Engineers leadership said during a press conference on Nov. 8 in Memphis, while a dredge was working nonstop to keep the river channel open a few miles south.
  • It’s the second year in a row that extreme drought has caused a shrinking channel, forcing the Corps to dredge later in the season than normal. Last year, low river levels lingered into the winter, and dredging continued until January.
  • “We’re anticipating challenges as we progress into the winter months,” said Colonel Brian Sawser, commander of the Corps’ Memphis District.

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