In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy told lawmakers that the Corps of Engineers will not scale back the amount of water it began withholding from the Mississippi in November.
Darcy cited a revised river forecast that shows the level of the Mississippi is not dropping as quickly as feared, and that the agency is expediting the removal of massive, shipping-impeding rock formations in the river south of St. Louis.
On Nov. 29, Missouri Attorney General joined U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., in asking President Barack Obama to order the Corps to release additional water into the Mississippi. Failure to act, they said, could hang up $7 billion in commerce.
St. Louis received just 1.4 inches of rain in November, which is 2.4 inches blow normal. St. Louis is almost 8 inches below normal for the year and many fear that the Mississippi River will fall beneath its record low, set in 1940.
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