03 June 2013 23:10 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--A five-mile section of the Mississippi river in St. Louis, Missouri, was closed on Monday because of high water from recent heavy rainfall in the US Midwest.
The US Coast Guard (USCG) Captain of the Port of St. Louis said the closed section extended from mile marker 179 to mile marker 184.
Parts of the drought-ridden Midwest have received almost 7 inches (18 cm) of rain in less than a week, with the upper Mississippi swelling to the flood stage at some points.
The USCG also encouraged mariners to make sure that moored vessels and barges are adequately secured to withstand increased currents and high water.
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