Drought conditions are contributing to Mississippi River levels that may not be the lowest they've ever been but are still cause for concern.
Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Walthour tells The Clarion-Ledger that some barges have run aground in a few places but there've been no major incidents or injuries. She says the Coast Guard has asked mariners to report it when their vessels touch the bottom of the river in any capacity.
At 4.86 feet in Vicksburg, the Mississippi River is 52 feet below where it was on May 19, 2011, at the height of last year's historic flooding. It is about 37 feet below the record high for July 2, which was also last year, and about 18 feet below the average for this time of year.