UPDATE: Boating Restrictions on Missouri River Lifted
Wednesday, June 12: According the he Sioux City Journal, the U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday reopened the Missouri River to commercial and recreational boats, four days after it shut down traffic due to high water levels.
People still need to use caution and obey speed limits due to continued high water levels.
Planning on a leisure cruise in the future on the Missouri River? OK, but you need to look up stream.
A moderate to major flood level on the Missouri River is shutting down recreational and commercial river traffic.
The U.S. Coast Guard this week closed the river to all recreational boating and commercial traffic. The closure is from St. Louis, MO (mile marker 0.0) to 18 miles north of Sioux City, Iowa. That's almost 400 miles.
It was just last week that Interstate 29 closed near Council Bluffs.
According to Dakota County Emergency Management, due to existing hazards such as drift and high water the damage to or overtopping of flood control levees continues. The closure will remain in effect until the water levels decrease to a safe condition as determined by the Captain of the Port (COTP) in consultation with the Army Corps of Engineers.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased the releases at Gavins Point Dam earlier this week.