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Corps closes three Minneapolis locks to recreation boaters for the third time

Published June 2, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, has closed the three Minneapolis locks to recreation boaters today due to high flows.

Heavy rains over much of the basin this weekend boosted flows past the 30,000 cubic foot per second, or cfs, threshold, prompting the third closure for recreation boaters this season.

According to the Corps' Mississippi Valley Division lock and dam regulation manual, the district is required to close the lock and dams to recreational traffic at 30,000 cfs because the high flows are unsafe. Commercial traffic at these locks is shut down at 40,000 cfs.

The Corps reminds boaters to exercise caution and be vigilant when boating in the area, because the Mississippi River currents are high. Submerged logs and other debris below the water’s surface can cause severe damage to recreation water craft and passengers. Always wear your life vest, as events can happen quickly.

The nearly 650 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2011 $175 million budget, nearly 2,800 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $271 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.

 
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