1000’s of Barges stranded in drought-stricken Mississippi River; supply chains collapsing – The Free

In some areas, barges carrying large loads of crops are stuck in the mud, which is fast-becoming dry dirt as water levels continue to drop. (Related: Some sections of the Mississippi River are now completely closed because water levels are too low to allow for safe passage.)

“There’s no relief in sight as far as rainfall,” said Jeff Worsham, a port manager out of Osceola, Ark., where barges are backing up because others have run aground and are now in their way.

“I’ve never seen it this bad,” Worsham is quoted as saying, adding that he has worked at the facility for more than 20 years.

In October, some 2,000 barges were reported to be stuck somewhere along the Mississippi River, unable to pass due to their being stuck themselves or stuck behind other stuck barges that are unable to move in the current conditions.

1000’s of Barges stranded in drought-stricken Mississippi River; supply chains collapsing – The Free