ST. PAUL, Minn. - Recent rains in Minnesota have triggered the closure of three Twin Cities locks to recreational boaters Thursday.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District made the decision due to increasing high water flows in the Mississippi River.
The Upper St. Anthony Falls and Lower St. Anthony Falls locks in downtown Minneapolis, and Lock and Dam 1, located next to Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, were closed Thursday morning when flows passed 30,000 cubic feet per second (CFS).
This marks the second time this spring the Corps has had to close these three locks due to high flows. All three were closed from May 1-7. Based on National Weather Service forecasts it could be five or so days before flows are below 30,000 cfs and the upper three locks are reopened to recreational traffic.
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