Traffic limited in Mississippi River as silt begins to clog passes

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Posted on June 28, 2011 at 6:19 PM
Updated today at 6:23 PM
Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News

NEW ORLEANS -- One of only three main channels into the mouth of the Mississippi River is "enter at your own risk."

Vessels travel through South Pass, Southwest Pass and Pass a Loutre to get into the river from the gulf along coastal Louisiana.

Tuesday, the Coast Guard issued a notice to mariners that South Pass, which is used primarily by recreational boaters and shrimpers, is not safe to navigate.

Silt from up north, brought down during this spring's high water, is now beginning to clog the pass.

"Specifically, there's been reported depths of 2 feet in the center of the channel and at the current depths as we speak it's just unsafe for any mariner to navigate that channel," said Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Gary Cavallo.

The main shipping channel, Southwest Pass, is also taking on sediment.

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