Mississippi River shippers are returning to handling full loads because the river has benefited from winter storms and rock-clearing. The Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard say the crisis is over, with the water level rising and rocks cleared near Thebes to deepen the channel. The corps says recent snow and rain have helped raise the Mississippi.
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Shippers late last year and in January reduced their loads with low water levels, and there were concerns barge traffic could be halted between East St. Louis and Cairo. Still, the Army Corps says the same problems could re-emerge next winter because the nation's worst drought in decades is showing no signs of easing.