A year after floods, shippers face low Mississippi River

Monday, July 16, 2012 | 5:49 p.m. CDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A year after the Mississippi River swelled to near-historic proportions and flooded farms and homes from Illinois to Louisiana, the level along the waterway's southern half is so low that cargo barges have run aground and their operators have been forced to lighten their loads.