U.S. Army Corps Kept Traffic Moving on Mississippi During Drought of 2012 by Mark Friedman Posted 2/11/2013 12:00 am The Midwestern drought of 2012 nearly closed barge traffic on parts of the Mississippi River. Want the Full Article? Get Unlimited Archive Access for $19.95 per Year Readers must pay to access stories older than 20 days. Purchase Now Already have archive access? Login to view this article.