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story updated 10:30am on Sunday, April 21, 2013

ST. LOUIS (AP)- More than 100 barges are back under control after breaking free on the flooded Mississippi River.

The U.S. Coast Guard received a report about 10 p.m. Saturday that multiple barges broke away. They had been parked in a fleeting area along the side of the river in the St. Louis area. The Coast Guard says 114 barges were involved.

The barges floated toward Jefferson Barracks Bridge in St. Louis County. The Missouri Department of Transportation closed the bridge at 2 a.m. Sunday for an inspection. It reopened around 8 a.m. Sunday.

The Coast Guard closed the river for about a 15-mile stretch. It remains closed.

No one was hurt and by mid-morning various tow operators and the Coast Guard had worked together to corral the loose barges.

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ST. LOUIS (AP)- Another portion of the flooded Mississippi River is closed after around 80 barges broke loose south of St. Louis.

The U.S. Coast Guard received a report Saturday night that multiple barges broke away from their tow and were floating quickly toward Jefferson Barracks Bridge in south St. Louis County.

The Missouri Department of Transportation closed the bridge at 2 a.m. Sunday for an inspection. It reopened around 8 a.m. The Coast Guard closed the river for about a 15-mile stretch because of the loose barges.

The river is cresting at some spots north of St. Louis, but remains on the rise south of the city. River traffic is mostly at a standstill from the Quad Cities to St. Louis because most locks have been closed.

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