Two members of the Illinois congressional delegation examined rock-clearing efforts on the Mississippi River Monday at Thebes. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and U.S. Rep. William L. Enyart (D-Belleville) were briefed by the Army Corps of Engineers, which is removing pinnacles from the river that are now hazardous because the water level is so low.
Army Corps of Engineers Deputy district engineer Joe Kellett says they did this 25 years ago too.
There is 10 feet of water in the area. Kellett says he expects to keep the channel open with at least nine feet of water, but barge companies are light-loading and using smaller tows, making the shipping of grain more expensive by approximately $1 a bushel for corn.