Published: May 18, 2011 7:02 PM EDT
Updated: May 18, 2011 5:51 PM EDT

 

VIDALIA, La. (AP) - A woman in Vidalia, La., isn't happy to see barges moving again on the Mississippi River. Carla Jenkins, who owns the Vidalia Dock and Storage Company, says the wakes from the barges are sending water into the buildings on shore.
To avoid problems like that, authorities are telling barge operators to move at the slowest possible speed, one at a time.
For much of the day yesterday, a 15-mile stretch of the river north of New Orleans was closed to all ship traffic.
That helped push corn, wheat and soybean prices higher. The Mississippi is a highway for barges carrying crops from the Midwest to ports near New Orleans, where they get loaded onto massive grain carriers for export around the world.
It's not clear how long barges will be restricted to moving one at a time. The river level is expected to remain high for weeks.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told "The Early Show" on CBS that parts of the Mississippi Delta could remain flooded into late June.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says more than 4,800 people have been displaced in the state, and that number could exceed 6,000 before the flood is over.
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Ed Donahue, AP correspondent
Cargo is moving again, but very slowly along the flooded Mississippi River. The AP's Ed Donahue reports.
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Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour says projections for the river crest have been lowered, but the duration of the flooding will still cause problems. COURTESY: CBS' "The Early Show" ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour says the Mississippi River is not the concern -- it's the tributaries that are troubling. COURTESY: CBS' "The Early Show" ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour says the flooding will leave behind untold damage. COURTESY: CBS' "The Early Show" ((mandatory on-air credit))
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