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Mississippi River Re-Opens as Waters Recede

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The Mississippi River is expected to crest Monday night at 39.8 feet, which is nearly 10 feet above flood stage. (KMOX/ Tanya Sinkovits)

The Mississippi River is expected to crest Monday night at 39.8 feet, which is nearly 10 feet above flood stage. (KMOX/ Tanya Sinkovits)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – It’s time to get barge traffic moving again on the flooding Mississippi River according to the United States Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers.

A 5-mile-long stretch of the river was reopened to southbound commercial traffic Thursday afternoon, with northbound barges given the green light later in the evening.

Corps officials have also reopened Locks 27 in Granite City and 24 in Clarksville.

On Monday, the Coast Guard closed the river from the Mckinley Bridge to the Merchant’s Bridge (mile maker 179-184) due to high water levels.

The Mississippi crested Tuesday at the fourth highest level in recorded history.

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