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Jan 04
Steve Marr

Midwest Drought May Cause Shipping Disaster

Posted by: Steve Marr

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A key principle to remember is some disasters create an immediate effect, while others unfold over time. The Midwest drought, the worst in 50 years is one such disaster.


 Crops have been significantly reduced, increasing the cost of grains, bread and animals. We have all been pinched in the pocketbook. In addition, export goods, chemicals, coal, grain, fertilizer would not be able to move, impacting the U.S. balance of payments.

Now, the drought has threatened to close the mighty Mississippi River to shipping. Why should you care?

First, 8,000 people would loose jobs in an already tough environment.  Second,  over 7 million tons of commodities, valued at 3 billion dollars, that move up and down the river would stop.

If shippers are unable to use the river barges then cargo must move by rail or truck at a considerably higher cost. This cost would be passed on to consumers, like you.  

Most riverboats and barges require 9 feet of eater to operate safety. The U.S. Cops of Engineers is working to dredge the shallow parts of channels in an effort to allow shipping to continue.  The Army Corps of Engineers predicts the river traffic may be halted between January 5th and 15th, depending on weather.   

As Christians, we need to pray for rain, as Paul wrote, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6 NIV) Whether you are directly affected or not, please join in this prayer request.  

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