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New elevator tested by floodwaters

Jun 20, 2019 at 01:18 PM CST

CORA, Ill. — Just as their customers are fighting high waters, the work team at Gavilon’s new grain elevator and barge terminal in Jackson County have found themselves in the flood fight, as well. Opened in late 2016, the elevator is situated on the dry side of Little Levee Road along the Mississippi River in Cora. While the complex is situated on high ground, other issues from the Mississippi floodwaters have created challenges to keeping the business open daily. First is the high water stage on the river. U.S. Coast Guard closes the river for safety reasons to barge traffic when water levels reach high flood stages in certain stretches along the river.