Mississippi River at low level in Memphis - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mississippi River at low level in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Officials say the Mississippi river remains about 15 feet below normal for this time of year and could dry up some business for Memphis' main port.*

Chemical plants and agribusiness operations on Presidents Island are dredging deeper channels next to their docks after an unusually dry summer and fall.

Presidents Island accounted for most of the 18.1 (M)million tons of cargo shipped into the greater Memphis area on the Mississippi in 2003.

Donald C. McCrory, president of the Memphis-Shelby County Port Commission, says about eight or nine companies on the island plan to do some dredging to allow barge access to their docks.

Officials with the National Weather Service and the Corps of Engineers say they don't anticipate any major rise in water levels.

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