The Midwest is again experiencing considerable precipitation and flooding, which has the potential to impact customers supplied out of our Ste. Genevieve, Missouri; Vicksburg, Mississippi; Chester, South Carolina; and Weirton, West Virginia facilities. As a result, Mississippi Lime has begun preparing to deal with conditions along the Mississippi River.
While these flood conditions do not affect our ability to produce products, the flooding situation will immediately affect our ability to ship by rail and barge. The flood gates near our Ste. Genevieve, Missouri facility are again being closed by the Army Corps of Engineers. We are addressing this situation through the use of an alternate rail route and barge loading terminal. However, these alternatives restrict volume and add additional transit time and costs to both inbound and outbound shipments.
Mississippi Lime will continue to prioritize keeping our customers supplied to the best of our ability. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and will continue to work diligently to keep our customers informed and supplied until the logistics network returns to normal.