MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Upper St. Anthony Falls and Lower St. Anthony Falls locks and dams in downtown Minneapolis were closed to recreational boats Tuesday due to high water flows on the Mississippi River.

The locks and dams will stay closed for approximately one week.

The Lock and Dam No. 1 next to Minnehaha Park was also closed.

The locks and dams were closed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, following the rain storms this past weekend, which contributed to the increase in water flow. This is the second time these locks and dams have been closed this year due to high water.

According to the Army Corps’ Mississippi Valley Division manual, navigation at 30,000 cubic feet per second requires the district to close the locks and dams. At this level, the high flows are dangerous for recreational boats.

For more information, go to www.mvp.usace.army.mil.

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