Coast Guard reopens Mississippi River at Natchez

Coast Guard reopens Mississippi River at Natchez

POSTED: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 9:03pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 8:33pm

A 15 mile stretch of the Mississippi at Natchez was closed entirely earlier on Tuesday, blocking vessels heading toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Had the channel remained closed, it could've brought traffic to a standstill up and down the river, which moves about 500 million tons of cargo each year.

That sort of interruption could've cost the U.S. economy hundreds of millions of dollars for every day of idled barges carrying coal, timber, iron, steel and more than half of america's grain exports.
 

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