Coast Guard monitoring river levels and deploying flood punts

USCG File Photo of rescue crews using punts.

ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard is monitoring river levels on the Upper Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois River and their tributaries after a recent storm in the St. Louis area, Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River in St. Louis have deployed nine flood punt teams to affected areas in support of the local Emergency Operation Centers in St. Louis County.

Sector Upper members are working closely with state, county, and city EOC’s to ensure the safety of residents potentially affected by flooding.

“Our foremost concerns are safety of life and navigation, protection of infrastructure and property, and to prevent marine casualties,” said Capt. Martin Malloy, commander, Sector Upper Mississippi River.

The Jerry F. Costello Lock on the Kaskaskia River is currently closed. Removal of any restrictions to river operations will be re-evaluated as river conditions improve.

The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port determines when to issue a river closure by following a Waterways Action Plan, which provides the marine industry, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, state and local governments with a plan for facilitating the safe and orderly movement of traffic during extreme conditions on the inland rivers.

A Waterways Action Plan is available at: https://www.uscg.mil/d8/sectUMR/default.asp

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