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Corps’ Minneapolis locks closing to commercial traffic

Published June 24, 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn. –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is closing the Minneapolis locks to commercial navigation June 24 at noon because of the increased water in the river from the recent storms.

The Corps closes Upper St. Anthony Falls, Lower St. Anthony Falls, and Lock and Dam 1 to commercial traffic when the river flow exceeds 40,000 cubic feet per second, or cfs. The locks will remain closed until the flows drop below 40,000 cfs.

The locks were closed to recreational traffic June 22 when the river flows exceeded 30,000 cfs. The Corps urges everyone to use caution on the river due to the increased flow and reminds everyone to wear a life jacket while on the water.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, serves the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. It contributes around $175 million to the five-state district economy. The 700 employees work at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states. For more information, see


Release no. 12-073