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Ferry closed by high water, possibly until next week

Ferry closed by high water, possibly until next week

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010 8:55 pm

 The Dorena-Hickman Ferry is closed again due to high water on the Mississippi River. The ferry halted operations about 11 a.m. Wednesday when floodwaters interfered with docking and loading of vehicles at the Kentucky landing at Hickman (Ky.) Harbor. Ferry Capt. Ed Floyd said projected river levels are expected to keep the ferry closed until sometime next week. The closure could be extended depending on the amount of precipitation that moves across the upper Mississippi and Ohio River valleys in the next few days. The Dorena-Hickman Ferry connects KY 1354 at Hickman with Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena. The Dorena-Hickman Ferry provides regular river crossings during daylight hours. Passage for passenger vehicles is $12, with additional tolls for trucks, motor homes and vehicles pulling trailers. Keith Todd, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Districts 1 and 2, said the department will attempt to provide a timely notice when the ferry is able to resume service. Missouri and Kentucky enjoy the geographic distinction of being the only border states that are not directly connected by a road or bridge. The only direct route between the two states is the Dorena-Hickman Ferry. For more information about the ferry and a schedule of operating hours, visit the Web site www.dorena-hickmanferryboat.com. Motorists can check on the ferry’s operating status by calling (731) 693-0210. The ferry operates with support funding from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Missouri Department of Transportation and local government agencies through the Mississippi County Port Authority. Published in The Messenger 1.28.10

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