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Date: January 16, 2003 at 09:16:59
From: Keith Norrington, [66.83.131.6.nw.nuvox.net]
Subject: Record LOW water on the Mississippi!


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported yesterday that the Mississippi River might fall to its lowest level since 1989. The story was accompanied by a photo of the GOLDENROD SHOWBOAT grounded in sand at her Missouri River mooring at St. Charles. Tows are going aground in the St. Louis area and the CASINO QUEEN had to be temporarily closed due to the low water conditions. The river was to fall to MINUS 4.6 feet by Friday. The gauge at St. Louis is based on an arbitrary "zero" mark established during a particularly low water period in 1863. At that reading the main channel is about 12.5 feet deep. At the St. Louis levee, the water level is well below where the cobblestones end -- hence the reason the hull of the GORDON C. GREENE is very much visible.


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