Coast Guard prepares for high-water conditions

ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard has established a Incident Command Post here today in preparation for the rising high-water conditions in the Missouri River.

Due to current high-water conditions in the Missouri River and the expected high-water conditions in the Upper Mississippi River, the Coast Guard is working with various federal, state and local agencies in preparation of flood operations.

The Coast Guard, in conjunction with United States Army Corps of Engineers and industry partners have closed the Missouri River from mile marker 630 to 100, spanning from Omaha, Neb., to Hermann, Mo.

The Coast Guard has also, along with the ACOE, placed vessel transit restrictions on the Upper Mississippi River from mile marker 109.9 to 184, due to rapidly rising water and debris.

The Coast Guard has deployed one Disaster Assistance Response Team to Jefferson City, Mo., an HH-65C Rescue Helicopter crew from Air Station New Orleans and the Coast Guard Cutters Gasconade and Cheyenne in preparation for response.

Additional DARTs are on standby and awaiting direction if needed.

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