The backup of boats and barges on a low-water section of the MIssissippi River increased Tuesday even as the 11-mile stretch reopened on a limited basis, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
An 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River near Greenville, Mississippi, was closed Monday to most vessel traffic because of low water levels, idling nearly a hundred boats and barges in the stream, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
A drought in Louisiana has lowered the Mississippi River, leaving its southern tip awash in saline from the Gulf of Mexico and prompting health officials in Plaquemines Parish to issue a drinking water advisory.
The Mississippi River was closed at two different locations Thursday after a barge ran aground near Greenville, Mississippi, and the Army Corps of Engineers carried out dredging operations near La Crosse, Wisconsin.
It's almost beach time! But the beach isn't the only way to cool off. After decades of decline and neglect, cities across America are embracing their riverbanks?and the results are refreshing. From scenic parks to concert venues to wine trails, you might be surprised by what these 11 riverfront towns have to offer.
The pool is closed in Warrenton, Missouri. Cattle ponds are drying up in Arkansas. Illinois is in danger of losing its corn crop.
Four persons are missing after two boats collided shortly after midnight Saturday on the Mississippi River, said fire department officials in Burlington, Iowa.
The Supreme Court for a third time has turned aside an urgent appeal from Great Lakes states to close Chicago-area shipping channels so invasive Asian carp won't have a doorway into the world's largest freshwater ecosystem.
A barge collision spilled oil into the Mississippi River, prompting officials to close a five-mile stretch of waterway.
An autopsy is pending on the actor who appeared on the New Orleans HBO drama
CNN's Ed Lavandera reports on one family's scramble to safety in the face of a tornado and the dog left behind.
I got some raised eyebrows when I told my teenage boy and preteen girl they were headed to St. Louis with my wife and me for a six-day summer vacation.
The Army Corps of Engineers on Monday closed the last floodgates on Louisiana's Bonnet Carre Spillway, which was opened May 9 to prevent the Mississippi River from flooding New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Pedestrians and bicyclists were allowed back on a Mississippi River levee in Baton Rouge, one of two developments Saturday that showed the flooding crisis in Louisiana was easing.
Flooding is allowing gators to roam far from home, meaning big business for gator hunters. CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.
Dramatic satellite images show large deposits of sediment in coastal Louisiana, the receiving end of the massive flooding on the Mississippi River.
The tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo., killing at least 117 people, may have caused up to $3 billion in insured losses, according to an estimate from a catastrophe risk modeling firm released Tuesday.
Prisoners in southeastern Louisiana are helping to fill sandbags and patch up levee holes along the swollen Mississippi in an all-hands-on-deck effort to keep the mighty river at bay.
Brian Todd reports from Louisiana State Penitentiary, where inmates work to shore up flood barriers.
Floodwaters around Vidalia, Louisiana, aren't going anywhere, anytime soon, as CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.
Early signs of recovery mixed with stormy forecasts Friday, as residents struggled to dig out of the most significant flood to hit the lower Mississippi River valley in more than 70 years.
CNN's Rob Marciano explains the impact that flooding may have on Louisiana's oyster industry.
CNN's John King stands chest deep in floodwater in Butte LaRose, Louisiana, where water is intentionally being diverted.
The flood-swollen Mississippi River was cresting at Vicksburg Wednesday night, hours earlier than anticipated but at a record level of 57 feet, according to the National Weather Service.
I saw my first Mississippi River flood in Mark Twain's hometown in June of the year that Roy Rogers married Dale Evans and my St. Louis Cardinals finished second in the National League: 1947.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the first of potentially several bays of the Morganza spillway on Saturday afternoon, a move intended to spare some areas from severe flooding while redirecting water into others.
The swollen Mississippi River is cresting many feet above flood stage in Memphis, Tennessee. CNN's Tommy Andres reports.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could open the Morganza Spillway as early as Saturday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Friday.
The massive flood churning its way down the Mississippi River will go down in history for its catastrophic, multi-billion dollar impact on the Midwestern economy, says an insurers' research group.
European tourists at Graceland are horrified by the smell of sewage wafting all over the city. WPTY reports.
Residents of the Atchafalaya Basin in south-central Louisiana, already urged to evacuate, late Thursday awaited a formal decision on whether a spillway will be opened, sending millions of gallons of floodwaters their way.
One by one, disasters have battered the Deep South in recent years: Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, horrific tornadoes, the Gulf oil spill and now a flood of biblical proportions on the Mississippi River.
Baton Rouge braces for a massive flood if a spillway opens. WBRZ reports.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday opened the Bonnet Carré Spillway for the 10th time since 1932. This 7,000-foot structure of gates on the east bank of the Mississippi River, 30 miles above New Orleans, relieves pressure on levees protecting the city by shunting river water into nearby Lake Pontchartrain.
Flooding along the Mississippi River is driving up gas prices over fears that refineries could become inundated in coming weeks, especially as the flood heads downriver for Louisiana.
A spillway has been opened upriver from New Orleans to prevent the city from flooding, but in Memphis the damage is done
People up and down the Mississippi River could feel the effects from this week's epic flooding long after the water recedes.
Memphis is on high alert as the Mississippi River continues to rise. CNN's Holly Firfer reports.
Rising waters on the Mississippi River is causing flood levels of historic proportions across the Midwest.
Residents who live near the Mississippi River prepare for flooding. CNN's David Mattingly reports.
An intentionally breached levee floods farmlands, leaving farmers struggling to figure out what's next.
An engorged Mississippi River spilled out onto huge swaths of farmland in the South and Midwest on Wednesday, prompting massive flooding from Minnesota to Louisiana.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon speaks about the levee crisis that has flooded hundreds of square miles of farmland.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the operation to help ease pressure on the Mississippi River is working.
The intentional breach of a levee on the Mississippi River is helping to ease unprecedented flood pressure on other areas, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.
The intentional breach of a levee on the Mississippi River is sending 396,000 cubic feet per second of water onto 200 square miles of fertile Missouri farmland. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the operation is helping to ease unprecedented flood pressure on other areas.
CNN's Ed Lavandera reports on rising waters from a breached levee in Missouri and fears of flooding across the Midwest.
Persistent, heavy rains have helped swell the Mississippi and Ohio rivers to the highest levels ever recorded, said an Army Corps of Engineers official Sunday.
A mandatory evacuation was issued Saturday for a southwestern Illinois town threatened by the rain-swollen Mississippi River, an order that was issued as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers weighed whether to blow up a levee and flood rural farm communities to save the town.
An Illinois mayor urged some residents on Friday to make plans to evacuate the town as the flood-engorged Mississippi River reached record levels.
Missouri's attorney general turned to a federal court Tuesday to stop a federal plan to blow a levee to ease pressure on the flood-engorged Mississippi River.
Sandbag walls were beginning to rise Tuesday across parts of the Midwest against what the National Weather Service warned could be record flooding in the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys over the next week.
Last October, the Ecumenical Patriarchate convened an international, interdisciplinary and interfaith symposium in New Orleans on the Mississippi River, the eighth in a series of high-level conferences exploring the impact of our lifestyle and consumption on our planet's major bodies of water.
Thousands of dead fish and other marine life have been found at the mouth of the Mississippi River outlet into the Gulf of Mexico, according to the president of St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries ordered some areas near the Mississippi River that had been closed because of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill to reopen to commercial crabbing on Friday.
Our need for oil almost wiped out the sperm whale once, and now our insatiable hunger for it threatens them again.
Henry Ford once described history as "one damned thing after another." And he didn't even live in Louisiana.
CNN's Barbara Starr speaks with the man in charge of reviewing the public's ideas for cleaning up the Gulf oil spill.
Every catastrophe has its unsung heroes. In BP's oil spill disaster, one such hero is not a person but a river: the Mississippi River. But the river's strength is flagging, and unless our leaders change what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is doing, things could get a lot worse for our coastal marshes.
Most beaches along the Gulf coast are open and have not been affected by the Gulf oil disaster. Bonnie Schneider reports.
The Obama administration says patience is running out on getting an effective response to the Gulf Coast oil leak.
Talk to Jack Fillinich and you'll hear it. It's Sunday morning and he's sitting in front of the single-story house in Golden Meadow, Louisiana, that he's lived in his whole life. He's 69. He's wearing slippers, jeans and no shirt, repairing a shrimp net. And he's repairing a shrimp net on a Sunday morning with no shirt on because that's what he's always done: fix nets, build boats, go fish.
The Gulf Coast braced for a greasy and unwelcome tide Thursday as the region's largest oil spill in decades threatened the marshlands and beaches at the mouth of the Mississippi River.
This week in iReport, we blast off into the skies and splash into the vast waters of the Mississippi River. Take a look at how a group of college students send a weather balloon into near space. Meet iReporter Neal Moore who's documenting his journey down the Mississippi River. And check out two of our talented artists, Brixton Doyle and Jim Brenneman.
The iReport team watches a balloon burst for science, takes a ride down the Mississippi, and profiles two talented artists.
These rugby players take the already intense game to a new level - under water. Photojournalist Bob Crowley shows us.
Eyes are on Beijing, China, for the Summer Games, with an estimated 4 billion people expected to tune in to watch the world's top athletes seek the ultimate recognition: an Olympic gold medal.
The owner of the barge that spilled about 420,000 gallons of industrial fuel in the Mississippi River near New Orleans said Thursday the company was not to blame for the accident, but said it will be responsible for the cleanup.
CNN's Reynolds Wolf reports from Grafton, Illinois, where the Mississippi River is still rising today.
The water is still well above the banks of the upper Mississippi River, but residents of both flooded towns and those protected by levees and sandbags can see an ending
An impoverished town in Illinois has had its flood insurance revoked by the Federal Government. Now the floods are coming. And don't even talk about earthquakes
Neighbors in several towns that sit on the Mississippi River are doing their best to help each other, but there has still been a great cost
Residents of this small town in Illinois, like many others who live along the banks of the surging Mississippi River, raced against the clock Tuesday to erect a makeshift levee as rising floodwaters threatened.
Iowa officials are concerned about towns along the Mississippi River as floodwaters in the state's eastern counties began to drain toward the river.
Residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying sections of towns along the overflowing Cedar River on Wednesday
Human remains were found in two of four vehicles taken from the wreckage of the Interstate 35 bridge collapse since Wednesday evening
Divers found another body in the Mississippi River on Sunday, 11 days after a highway bridge collapsed into the fast-flowing water
Flags flew at half-staff at the Minnesota Capitol on Wednesday a week after a bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River, killing at least five people and injuring about 100
From parks to the banks of the Mississippi River, people across Minneapolis on Tuesday paused to remember those who died in last week's bridge disaster as the search intensified for more victims.
Investigators need to begin removing debris from the Mississippi River to further the investigation of the I-35W bridge collapse and the search for missing motorists, Hennepin County Sheriff Richard Stanek said Monday.
Painstaking recovery at bridge
Bridge collapse witness
Surviving a disaster
The search for bodies in the Mississippi River was painstakingly slow as divers navigated debris and coped with low visibility after Wednesday's deadly bridge collapse, officials said.
I-Reporters document collapse
I-Report marked another big week after readers sent in some of the first images of a bridge that collapsed Wednesday, August 1, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Divers searched the Mississippi River on Thursday for more bodies entombed in cars trapped beneath the surface. As many as 30 people remained missing
A highway bridge collapse in Minneapolis halted traffic on the upper reaches of the Mississippi River, stalling a vital waterway that moves billions of dollars worth of commodities.
A one-of-a-kind neighborhood exists between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Nowhere else in the world will you see so many beautiful plantation homes, unique accommodations and great gifts. Better still, these stunning structures are open for tours, and all line the banks of the undulating Mississippi River.
Hurricane Katrina killed most of the fish in the New Orleans Aquarium of the Americas, the American Zoo and Aquarium Association Web site reported.
The blues are back at Chess Records Studio.
Mansions by turn Italianate, Greek or Gothic Revival, or Queen Anne. Antique stores, fancy boutiques, studios where artists produce paintings, pottery and stained glass: Galena's charms seem disproportionate to its size.
As the '90s come to a close, here's a look back at some of the decade's finest music. (Part one in a series.)