Low Water Event of Summer, 2005
A prolonged period of below normal rainfall that began after the January, 2005 flooding brought river elevations to some of their lowest levels in recent years. Both the Mississippi and Lower Ohio Rivers were low enough to affect river transportation.
barge passes by sandbars in the Ohio River near Paducah, KY in mid August. Photo
taken from Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis, Illinois. The Interstate 24
bridge is visible upriver.
Comparison of this Ohio River low water event with the 2000 event:
Lowest readings during July 15 to August 10 period...
Smithland, KY Lock and Dam (tailwater):
Lowest: 11.3 on 8/2/2005
Normal pool is 12 feet.
Lowest level in 2000: 11.3 on 1/31 and 6/6
Lowest: 14.41 on 8/1/2005
Lowest level in 2000: 13.1 on 2/15
Brookport, IL Lock and Dam (headwater)
Lowest: 17.6 on 8/2/2005
Normal pool is 18.7 feet.
Lowest level in 2000: 15.8 feet on 2/15
Grand Chain, IL Lock and Dam (headwater)
Lowest: 13.5 feet on 7/30/05
Normal pool is 16.9 feet
Lowest in 2000: 14.3 feet on 1/26
Lowest: 7.2 feet on 8/8/2005
Lowest in 2000: 9.1 feet on 2/12