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 articles older than 15 days. Articles newer than 15 days are not included in this offer. Purchase Now Already have archive access? Login to view this article.