Recent rains have caused high water levels on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. The Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District reports that portions of the Mississippi River are at flood stage. Lock 22 on the Upper Mississippi near New Canton in Pike County has been closed. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Mike Petersen says high water levels may force the closure of Lock 24 in Calhoun County (pictured).
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“We will probably have to shut down lock 24…to prevent any damages to the facilities when waters come up,” Petersen said. He says that closure is likely to happen today (Friday). Petersen says there hasn’t been much barge traffic because of the earlier closure of Lock 22. He says forecasts show moderate flooding possible from Shepherd in Pike County south to Cairo.
On the Illinois River, Petersen says the forecast calls for some flooding but nothing near levels seen in April.