The National Great Rivers Museum at the Mel Price Locks and Dam in Alton, which is operated by the federal government, was the lone casualty of the shutdown in the Riverbend, but a big weekend was lost due to the gridlock.  The 10 year anniversary was to have been held at the facility earlier this month, but it now looks like that will be rescheduled next spring.

Park Ranger Erin Hilligoss-Volkmann says once they were given the ok to get back to work, it didn't take long to get back into the swing of things.

Hilligoss-Volkmann comments

The cost of the shutdown on our local economy varies from around $80,000 to upwards of $170,000 a week.

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