Barge Backup

Despite low-water restrictions on barge loads, the U.S. Coast Guard is reporting at least eight groundings of barges this past week. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is dredging the Mississippi River in several locations and placing limits on the number of barges that can be towed. Dozens of barges were stuck near Lake Providence, Louisiana last week that shut down river traffic in both directions. That was cleared last Friday.