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Sen. Durbin says Mississippi River can maintain shipments

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Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said the drought-stricken Mississippi River has enough water to maintain cargo shipments.

Durbin said the White House will consider "any option" to keep the river open for commerce.

The historically-low water levels on the Mississippi River caused some major concerns in the Midwest. The drought has gone on for months, and there have been calls to release more water from the Missouri River to keep the Mississippi open to shipping.

Sen. Durbin toured the nation's busiest waterway by boat for nearly an hour on Monday, and said the outlook was positive.

Some industry groups have predicted that cargo shipments on the river would come to a halt later this month. The groups claim a river shutdown would halt the movement of more than 7 million tons of commodities worth almost $3 million.

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