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Drinking water intakes closed after oil spill shuts down 65 miles of Mississippi River

An oil spill has shut down a 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Public drinking water intakes were shut down in St. Charles Parish as a precaution, officials said, and the Port of New Orleans was also closed. Officials assured the public that drinking…

Mississippi River towns brace for rising floodwaters

Copyright ImageClick to View Kaskaskia River flooding hit the marina in New Athens, Ill., Monday. Mississippi River towns are facing cresting floodwaters Tuesday. (Derik Holtmann/Belleville News-Democrat/AP) Heavy rain from the weekend sent water over the top of a levee and a sandbag barrier near the…  …

Three-mile oil sheen follows barge crash on Mississippi river

An oil sheen was spotted up to three miles away after two barges smashed into a bridge near Vicksburg, Mississippi on Sunday, the Coast Guard said in an advisory. The Old Vicksburg Bridge was not significantly damaged, but officials said that one of the barges carrying up to 80,000 gallons…

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