on the upper and middle Mississippi River should reopen by the
end of the holiday weekend, sources at the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers Rock Island and St. Louis districts told
AMM July 3.
June storms delivered
record or near-record rainfall for northeastern Iowa, southern
Wisconsin and northern Illinois, causing river levels to top
out numerous locks throughout the Mississippi lock and dam
amm.com, June 5). These regions had rainfall
totals in excess of 8 to 10 inches, according to the Illinois
State Climatologist Office.
"With the newest
forecast, it looks like the river will crest Friday but not at
a point at which we need to close Lock and Dam 24 (at
Clarksville, Mo.)," Mike Petersen, spokesman for the Army
Corps St. Louis district, said. "The rough rule of thumb
is 21.5 feet at the Louisiana railroad bridge (Champ Clark
bridge in Louisiana, Mo.) and that looks like it will remain
open. In this district, were not expecting any
This is a change from
June 26, when forecasts indicated Lock 24 might have to
"Lock and Dam 16
closed June 28 and is expected to reopen July 5," Army Corps
district spokesman Allen Marshall told AMM July 3.
"Lock and Dam 17 closed June 28 and should reopen July 6. Lock
and Dam 18 closed June 30 and is expected to reopen July 4.
Lock and Dam 20 closed July 1 and should reopen July 6."