Thursday, September 08, 2005


Mississippi River open

3:45 P.M. - WASHINGTON (AP): The lower Mississippi River is open again to two-way traffic for grain shipments from the Gulf Coast.
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says most of the elevators along the lower river are back in business and capacity is a little less than two thirds the level before Hurricane Katrina.
The cargo can move only during daylight hours because Katrina knocked out navigational lights. And there are a couple of major blockages that prevent larger ships from using the river's Southwest Pass shipping channel.
More than half of U.S. grain exports go through Mississippi River ports hit by the hurricane.

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