CHICAGO The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled
the reopening of locks and dams on the upper Mississippi River,
but floodwaters were still cresting April 23 and were expected
to continue to do so at points along the Illinois and
Mississippi rivers over the next several days.
Meanwhile, flooding in places like Peoria, Ill., and St. Louis
continued to affect metal shippers unevenly.
Rockford, Ill.-based Behr Iron & Metal Co., which has a
location on the Illinois River at Peoria, was still operating
April 23 thanks to its decision to raise its shredder, scales
and office building 10 feet above the flood plain a couple of
years ago, vice president Dave Rumer said. The problem that
remains is logistics, he said.
part of our yard is under water, and the
road was under about five or six feet of water at one
point, Rumer said. We cannot get in and out of the
yard, making it hard to bring in and ship scrap.
Down the road, all the railroad tracks are under
water, he said, adding that an April 19 flash flood could
have undermined some of the short-line tracks along the river.
When Behr resumes shipping, well concentrate on
truck first before rail, Rumer said.
Dan Becker, co-president of Venice, Ill.-based Becker Iron
& Metal Inc., north of St. Louis, said his shipments
arent in jeopardy as he hasnt been shipping by
barge this month.
Peddler traffic is off a bit, but thats more of an
economic cause versus flooding, he told AMM
My facility is not being affected by water as we have
water retention ponds and the roads have yet to create a real
problem. I cannot say the same for my competitors. Its
hit or miss, depending on their location.
The Mississippi has crested within the Army Corps of
Engineers Rock Island District, a spokesman told
. Locks 16 through 22 should reopen between April
26 and May 2.
Downstream, the channel near Vicksburg, Miss., where barges
broke away from a tow, resulting in at least one barges
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), has reopened, U.S. Coast Guard
Petty Officer Ryan Tippets said.
Members of Arlington, Va.-based trade group American Waterways
Operatorswho operate towboats, tugboats and
bargesare hoping to get through the week and return
their operations to normal next week, spokeswoman Ann