Water levels continue to drop on the Mississippi River

Low water levels are still causing worries for communities along the Mississippi River.

A new updated forecast shows no signs of improvement.

According to the outlook by the

National Weather Service

the river at St. Louis is expected to fall to about 9 feet deep by December 30.

That's one day later than originally predicted.

As of Wednesday the the depth of the water in St. Louis was about 12 feet.


Coast Guard

is expected to put further restrictions on barge traffic in the river drops down to that 9 foot level.

Meanwhile U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri says that crews from the

Army Corps of Engineers

could be out in the river destroying rock pinnacles that slow down or prevent barge traffic south of St. Louis sometime next week.