Upper Mississippi locks closing as floodwaters rise

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(DES MOINES, Iowa) — Flooding is forcing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close seven locks on the Upper Mississippi River, Radio Iowa reported.

Lock 12 in Bellevue is closed upstream from the Quad Cities, along with six more downstream: Lock 16 at Muscatine, 17 at New Boston, 18 at Gladstone, plus 20 through 22 at Canton, Quincy and Saverton. Allen Marshall, spokesman for the Corps’ Rock Island District, said they’ll be closed at least a week or two and the timing depends a lot on the weather.

Marshall said lock closures effectively stop all traffic. “There isn’t any detour on the river, so, once the lock is closed, if you’re in that pool above that lock, you’re kind of stuck,” he said.

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By Professional Mariner Staff