Coast Guard opens Mississippi River to limited traffic

SIKESTON, Mo. — The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to re-open a portion of the Mississippi River, Friday, near Caruthersville, Mo., after closing it earlier due to the possibility of vessel wakes topping the city’s front flood wall.

The National Weather Service issued a River Stage Forecast, which adjusted the projected crest at Caruthersville from 49.5 feet to 48.1 feet. This adjustment allowed the Coast Guard to re-open the river to limited commercial traffic.

“The Coast Guard will continue to work with the Army Corps of Engineers, waterway users and local communties to monitor river levels and restrict river traffic when necessary to protect the public,” said Capt. Michael Gardiner, commanding officer, Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River.

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