Coast Guard rescues 17 people, 3 dogs from floodwaters near Alexander County, Illinois

Coast Guard rescues 17 people, 3 dogs from floodwaters near Alexander County, Illinois
Coast Guard flood punt team members from Sector Upper Mississippi River rescued 17 people and three dogs from floodwaters in Alexander County, Illinois, June 12, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo) NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued 17 people and three dogs from floodwaters in Alexander County, Illinois, Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River deployed a Western Rivers Flood...

Coast Guard issues waterway restrictions on Mississippi, Illinois Rivers

Coast Guard issues waterway restrictions on Mississippi, Illinois Rivers
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Coast Guard has closed portions of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers to all vessel traffic due to extremely high water levels and fast moving currents near St. Louis, Missouri, Thursday. The St. Louis Harbor is closed from mile marker 179 to mile marker 184 on the Mississippi River. A no wake order has been issued on the Illinois River from mile marker 10 to mile marker 80.2. While...

Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River to hold National Safe Boating Week campaign

Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River to hold National Safe Boating Week campaign
ST. LOUIS — Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River is partnering with other government agencies to spread awareness of the importance of safe boating and wearing proper personal flotation devices. This year National Safe Boating Week is Saturday through May 24. The campaign promotes safe and responsible boating and the value of consistent life jacket wear by recreational boaters. National Safe...

Coast Guard coordinates transit of vessel through water closure zone

Coast Guard coordinates transit of vessel through water closure zone
The motor vessel Tate Oglesby transits along the Mississippi River near St. Louis, Missouri, to provide emergency support for flood damage in Omaha, Nebraska, May 10, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo.) ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard coordinated with the Army Corps of Engineers to provide for the safe transit of a vessel, scheduled to provide emergency support for flood damage, through St. Louis...

Coast Guard issues safety zone on the Illinois River due to high water

Coast Guard issues safety zone on the Illinois River due to high water
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Coast Guard has issued a safety zone on the Illinois River, restricting all vessel traffic from mile marker 187 to mile marker 145.6, and mile marker 80.2 to mile marker 10 due to extremely high water levels and fast moving currents, Tuesday. Vessel operators may request permission to move within the safety zone from the captain of the port representative at Coast Guard Sector...

Coast Guard closes portion of the Mississippi River to all vessel traffic near St. Louis

Coast Guard closes portion of the Mississippi River to all vessel traffic near St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, Miss – The Coast Guard has closed a portion of the Mississippi River to all vessel traffic from mile marker 179 to 184 due to extremely high water levels and fast moving currents, Friday. Vessel operators may request permission to move within the closure zone from the captain of the port representative at Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River via VHF Ch. 16 or at (314) 269-2332 at...

Coast Guard encourages safe, legal passenger vessel operations

Coast Guard encourages safe, legal passenger vessel operations
ST. LOUIS — The Coast Guard is encouraging passenger vessel operators to adhere to safety regulations for the upcoming boating season. This summer, the Coast Guard will conduct operations to deter and stop illegal passenger vessel operators throughout Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River’s area of responsibility, including Lake of the Ozarks. Legal passenger vessel operations fall into one...

Coast Guard responding to levee failure in Scott County, Iowa

Coast Guard responding to levee failure in Scott County, Iowa
A Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River Western Flood Punt team responds to areas affected by a levee failure in Davenport, Iowa, May 1, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo) ST. LOUIS, Miss. – The Coast Guard is responding to areas affected by record high water in Scott County, Iowa, Thursday. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River watchstanders received a notification at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday...

Coast Guard hosts Search and Rescue Council meeting prior to boating season

Coast Guard hosts Search and Rescue Council meeting prior to boating season
Coast Guard members from Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River host a Search and Rescue Council meeting at the Coast Guard Boathouse in St. Louis, Missouri, April 26, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard Photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Uppoer Mississippi River) ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard hosted a Search and Rescue Council meeting at the Coast Guard Boathouse in St. Louis, Friday. Eleven federal,...