Mississippi River levels swing between historic highs and lows, causing shipping delays

By , Daily Memphian Updated: September 28, 2023 7:24 PM CT | Published: September 28, 2023 10:52 AM CT

Shippers are being told to expect up to three-day delays, and rates have doubled for barges leaving from Memphis and St. Louis compared to the three-year average.


Mississippi River barge traffic Pete Ciaramitaro
Keely Brewer

Keely Brewer

Keely Brewer is a Report for America corps member covering environmental impacts on communities of color in Memphis. She is working in partnership with the Ag & Water Desk, a sustainable reporting network aimed at telling water and agriculture stories across the Mississippi River Basin.


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