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Officials Close Mississippi River Locks, Dams Due To High Water

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – The St. Paul district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed three Twin Cities locks and dams on the Mississippi River to commercial traffic due to high water levels, officials said Wednesday.

The locks were closed to recreational boats Monday morning.

Officials said the Upper and Lower St. Anthony Falls locks and dams and the lock and dam next to Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis were closed to commercial traffic at about 8 p.m. Tuesday. They were closed when water flows passed 40,000 cubic feet per second.

Authorities said it might take until June 8 for flows to get below 40,000 cubic feet per second again. Locks will be closed to recreational traffic until flows get below 30,000 cubic feet per second.

The locks and dams were closed due to safety concerns with the rising waters, which happened after the recent heavy rainfall around the Twin Cities.

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