Coast Guard opens portion of Missouri River

Coast Guard 8th District NewsST. LOUIS — The Coast Guard, in partnership with the Kansas City District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the states of Missouri and Kansas, reopened a portion of the lower Missouri River to all vessel traffic, Thursday.

The opened portion of the river, from mile marker 0.0 to mile marker 380.0, encompasses the area from St. Louis to approximately 10 miles upriver from Kansas City, Mo.

Although this portion of the river is now open to all vessel traffic, waterway users are cautioned that high water conditions still exist. Vessel operators are urged to use caution in and near the river as sustained high water could have modified bottom conditions and exposed or created navigation hazards. Waterway users should also contact state and local emergency management and law enforcement officials to ensure that boat ramps are open and accessible.

The Missouri River closure from mile marker 380 to mile marker 811, near Gavin’s Point Dam in Yankton, S.D., remains in place. The Big Sioux River closure, from the confluence with the Missouri River to the Military Road Bridge in north Sioux City, S.D., is also still in place.

The Coast Guard, in concert with the Army Corps of Engineers and state officials, will continue to monitor water levels in an effort to open the river as soon as levee conditions and public safety concerns warrant.

The Coast Guard advises mariners to monitor VHF-FM channels 16 and 22 for any changes to the closure.

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