Midwest Flooding

Seven barges rest against the Marseilles Dam, Marseilles, Ill., after the motor vessel Dale A. Heller lost control of its tow on April 18, due to strong river currents from heavy rainfall.

Weeks of heavy precipitation have led to swollen rivers and extensive flooding in the midwestern United States, just a few short months after low water levels threatened navigation. Locks and bridges have been closed, disrupting transportation networks and leading to delays.

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for the Illinois, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, among others, and further inclement weather remains possible.

News & Analysis

26 Jun 2013
The Mississippi River’s rising water levels will force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to shut down multiple locks on the shipping waterway for the second time this month, from central Iowa to central Missouri, CNBC reports.
04 Jun 2013
The Coast Guard captain of the Port of St. Louis has restricted traffic on the upper Mississippi River following high water.
30 May 2013
Norfolk Southern is rerouting shipments that normally move through Hannibal, Mo., as rising Mississippi River levels have impacted bridge and main line operations in that area.
03 May 2013
As conditions along the Mississippi, Illinois, Missouri and Wabash rivers have improved, following flooding in the Midwest, Norfolk Southern has recommenced operations on some of the impacted routes.
30 Apr 2013
Canadian Pacific and Canadian National have been monitoring Saskatchewan, preparing to defend its infrastructure against flood waters as snow melts, Saskatchewan News reports.
25 Apr 2013
In response to ongoing flooding along the Mississippi, Illinois, Missouri and Wabash rivers and tributaries, as well as bridge and mainline closures at Hannibal, Mo., and Naples, Ill., Norfolk Southern has been...

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