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High Water Closes Minneapolis Locks

Date Posted: June 19, 2014

This article is reprinted from the USDA's June 19 Grain Transportation Report.

Rain during the first half of June caused high water levels on the Mississippi River.

Extreme rain events have caused river level fluctuations throughout the central United States.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, closed three Minneapolis locks to commercial navigation on June 16.

This is the fourth time this season that the three Minneapolis locks — Upper and Lower St. Anthony Falls locks and dams and Lock and Dam 1 — have been closed to commercial navigation because of water conditions.

River levels came within 4 feet of flood stage on June 12 in St. Louis, MO; however, water levels there have since receded.

Delays are slowing barge traffic at Melvin Price Locks and Dam, near St. Louis, MO, until repairs can be completed in mid-August.

Nevertheless, grain barge tonnages are up from last year, when quantities of grain were reduced by the 2012 drought.

For more information, call Surajudeen (Deen) Olowolayemo, USDA, at 202-694-3050.

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