HIGH MISSISSIPPI DOESN'T STOP STEAMBOATIN'
NEW ORLEANS, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. (NASDAQ-NMS: DQSB) plans to "keep on rollin' on the river" despite record high water marks being set on the Upper Mississippi, said Jeff Krida, president of the 103-year-old riverboat line. "Five years ago, we were in the middle of the worst drought in decades. Today, we're seeing record water levels. Let's face it, after a century of operating paddle wheel steamboats, we're used to working with variable river conditions. In fact, it's part of the adventure of taking a river cruise," Krida said. The company has re-routed two cruises on the big steamer MISSISSIPPI QUEEN, replacing St. Louis-St. Paul and St. Paul-St. Louis itineraries with Chattanooga-St. Louis voyages. Their other vessel, the National Historic Landmark DELTA QUEEN has been unaffected by the Upper Mississippi River closure, with cruises scheduled for the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers during July. Krida said that the company does not anticipate any problems on the Lower Mississippi from Cairo, Ill., to New Orleans. "The lower river is the big, wide river that people think of when they visualize the Mississippi," Krida said. Below Cairo, the Mississippi widens out allowing faster dispersion of the water through natural means such as evaporation. The Army Corps of Engineers also controls the lower river and, if necessary, can channel as much as 30 percent of the water through the Atchafalaya River, and, thus, prevent flood conditions in the Mississippi Delta. DELTA QUEEN's navigation people expect the Corps of Engineers to reopen the upper river shortly after cresting. A company spokesman said that the areas and attractions steamboat passengers visit report no damage. After speaking with the steamboat captains, Krida said that there may be some flood debris in the river, but that this is not unusual. "Just like Mark Twain describes in 'Life on the Mississippi,' our pilots are very accustomed to avoiding logs, sandbars and other obstacles -- it's their job and they are the best at what they do." -0- 7/8/93 /CONTACT: Media: Delta Queen Steamboat public relations, 800-543-7637, or, Reservations: 800-543-1949/ (DQSB)
CO: Delta Queen Steamboat Co. ST: Louisiana IN: LEI SU:
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|Date:||Jul 8, 1993|
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