ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard has closed a portion of the Upper Mississippi River to all vessel traffic from mile markers 184 to 179, near the Poplar Street Bridge, because of hazardous conditions on the river near St. Louis.
Capt. Martin Malloy, Upper Mississippi River captain of the port, closed that portion of the river because of extremely high water levels and fast currents.
Malloy determines when to issue a river closure by following a Waterways Action Plan, which provides the marine industry, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and state and local governments with a plan for facilitating the safe and orderly movement of traffic during extreme conditions on inland rivers.
“Our foremost concerns are safety of life and navigation, protection of infrastructure and property, and to prevent marine casualties,” said Cmdr. Ryan Rhodes, deputy commander, Sector Upper Mississippi River.
Restrictions to operations will be lifted as soon as conditions improve.