Coast Guard closes portions the Illinois River, reopens part of Mississippi River

ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard captain of the port at Sector Upper Mississippi has closed the portions of the Illinois River due to high water levels Tuesday, Sept., 23, 2008.

The Illinois River is closed to recreational vessel traffic near Montezuma, Ill., from mile marker 50 to 199.

The Illinois River is also closed to all recreational and commercial vessel traffic from mile marker 136 to 138 near Copperas Creek, Ill.

The Mississippi River has reopened to all recreational traffic from Chester, Mo., from mile marker 109.9 to 185.4.

Local and state law enforcement agencies are authorized to enforce all of the above zones that are restricted to recreational and commercial vessel traffic.

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