MISSISSIPPI RIVER UPDATE – February 11, 2016
We are pleased to forward today’s LaMA Morning Report covering conditions and navigational issues on the Lower Mississippi River (LMR). Salient points of the report are noted herein:
WATER LEVELS- HIGH WATER RESTRICTIONS ARE RESCINDED
Water levels at the New Orleans Carrolton Gauge has fallen to 11.1 ft causing all US Coast Guard high water restrictions to be rescinded. The river is expected to drop an additional 2.1 ft to 9.0 by the 9th March.
The M/V FLORIANA ran aground yesterday in SW Pass at mile marker 19.5, below head of passes (BHP). The river is closed to vessels with drafts in excess of 30 ft while re-floating efforts are in process. Overall, this should be a short-term closure.
Drafts for the commercial region of the Lower Mississippi River (LMR) continue to be governed by the draft limitations at SW Pass of 41 ft. There are two dredges working in SW Pass to restore the project depth of 47ft. We do not any progress reports at this time and presume the current dredge operations are solely being effective maintaining the current 41 ft draft while the river continues to fall.