Mississippi River locks closing due to high water

Published June 26, 2013

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – (June 26) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, is expecting to close six locks on the Mississippi River due to rising river levels.  The closures are necessary as the Mississippi River overtops lock gates making the locks inoperable.

Lock & Location Expected to close 

Lock 16 – Illinois City, Ill. 6/28 
Lock 17 – New Boston, Ill. 6/28
Lock 18 – Gladstone, Ill. 6/29 
Lock 20 – Canton, Mo. 6/30 
Lock 21 – Quincy, Ill. 7/2 
Lock 22 – Saverton, Mo. 7/1

Additional lock closures are not expected at this time. Since the Mississippi River levels will fluctuate due to additional rainfall, it is too soon to forecast remaining lock closings or the duration of closures for this flood event.

The Mississippi River is moving swiftly and all recreational boaters are advised to use extreme caution. Swimming, wading or entering the Mississippi River during these high river stages is not recommended. There are no short cuts to safety.  The Corps also urges people who live or travel near rivers to continue to monitor water levels and in particular, not to drive into water-covered roads.  Alternate routes should be used.

Updated information about the Mississippi River is available on the web by visiting the Corps’ Web site at http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/About/Offices/EmergencyManagement/2013Flood.aspx.

Release no. FY13-06-30