Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
Governor as well but.
Right now just up data US Army Corps of Engineers warns the Mississippi River is dangerously close.
To the low water record set back in 1988.
Joining me now is the governor of Mississippi Phil Bryant he participated in a flyover of the river yesterday.
And he joins us now in a Fox Business exclusive governor thank you so much for being here good to see -- vegan.
Okay I'm just -- in just describe governor what you saw yesterday and -- flyover.
But viewed as you see from the photographs we took a pretty amazing sight sand bars as we call -- extending out into the river and then even hopping in the center of the river.
The supports of the bridge there at Vicksburg visible to the very base that's something that I have never seen I've been here all my lap -- 1988.
The Riverhead historically low levels there and so much the same situation.
We're concerned about our farmers trying to get that product almost barges -- out is very difficult because they have.
Very light loads because of the low water that we say.
Amazing and challenging situations here at the Mississippi River how much worse will -- get.
What are federal and other state officials talent -- about.
You give -- some -- now the gauges admit this -- about eight point seven feet above sea level in -- about seven point eight.
It -- -- minus ten point seven below sea level.
October's a dry last month of the year the lowest levels of that river so it could get worse now the course doing.
A remarkable job of dredging from here all the way from Vicksburg.
As far as Missouri at Cape Girardeau.
And we're open we're trying our very best with the corps of engineers to keep the ports also open but trying to load these barges in areas -- ports have water.
Did down at at the lowest levels we've seen since 1980 -- also would challenge the course -- a remarkable job we're try to keep up.
300 foot we asked about not -- date.
To keep that product moving to market but it is a real challenge -- how much more help do you need whether it's people.
Whether it's money.
Well of course what we need -- support of the corps of engineers and has -- said they're doing the very best we can't try to make sure that we get the equipment that we need to keep the dredging going.
Everyone won't -- airport -- everyone lost their facility.
First that we're doing as much as we can here working with of course the corps of engineers and mean -- emergency management Mississippi emergency management administration probably having a meeting with the -- 3 o'clock this afternoon.
Perhaps another fly over and we're also dealing of course with the hurricane that could very well move into the -- it seems to be moving towards Florida now.
Droughts in the midwest affecting some 65%.
Of the cattle farmers -- -- 5% of the corn.
And that drought in the -- -- us products that we look at with our of course if the golf industry.
Real again challenge of getting that few of fuel that we need to move that product market.
Do you have any guest and that of out what the economic impact just -- -- state will be so far from this drought.
And the problems you're saying on the Mississippi -- What we're trying to put those numbers together we know and and 1988 when that drought occurred.
It cost the barge industry which is a huge industry for us here in Mississippi.
A billion dollars -- just lost a billion dollars map we're still working with our farmers.
-- -- council to determine what the walls would be there.
Now most of these products of these.
Were who were sold before.
They were brought out of the field even in futures markets so we're not sure what it will be.
But certainly when you're paying more to barge you're crops to market there's going to be a loss.
To the farmers now -- that are very hot.
-- just now because of the demand they have involved -- not that might help level that out but we're still trying to put those numbers together.
And -- by the way -- loved coming up we're gonna talk about the request to waive that ethanol mandate at the federal level but governor.
Jeff Flock is our reporter and he's been covering this story extensively he -- -- northern part of the river.
An Iowa and he's standing by and I know he has a question for here I Jaffe there.
Yet I am day got them watching these barges you talking about right appears perhaps you see but got -- -- wonder I was down and in -- 1988 -- no that was a huge problem down that.
Down there then I'm wondering what is a chronic problem in Greenville and at the cuts in the in the dredging budget.
You know led to this and cause cause you to be farther behind and you should be.
Well of course the problem in Greeneville -- -- lack of water it's obvious that the rivers is at historic lows JF and and and thank you so much for being out there and giving us these reports.
Again trying to get the barges loaded the -- cause of the ward of the -- -- -- perhaps half.
Of the product that they normally would transport in the river which makes more trips up and down the river and the cost of fuel obviously is going to be.
-- own to the farmers so again just trying to load those barges at very low levels that were not a currently used it.
The loading process is standard for the for the level of the river and now they're much lower so that's a difficulty.
Also this morning we were talking about bringing fuel into the delta the fuel is -- barged into the delta.
They -- to distribution centers for farmers throughout that area and so there is some.
Difficulty in getting more fuel to the farmers.
To get these crops in out of the field that's a big challenge.
Governor is great to save Jeff thank you for terrific reporting and I can watch you on a motor boat any day of the -- and -- -- And governor Phil Bryant of the state of Mississippi chaos they got sound a little bit more so than that -- -- Bob minutes ago governor but thank you for that say good day.
Thank you for taking the time today we'd like to have so much -- -- as -- can -- be well be back on the river be well.
Filter by section