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Mpls locks, dams reopen to commercial traffic


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopened the three Twin Cities locks and dams to commercial traffic at 8 a.m. Wednesday. But the locks remain closed to recreational boats.

The Corps closed the locks to barges May 29 when flows on the Mississippi River exceeded 40,000 cubic feet per second.

The locks were closed to recreational boats May 28, and will remain closed to recreational traffic until flows are below 30,000 cubic feet per second. The National Weather Service forecast indicates that may happen by the end of the weekend.

Heavy rains last week contributed to the increase in water.

The Upper St. Anthony Falls and Lower St. Anthony Falls locks and dams are in downtown Minneapolis. Lock and Dam 1 is next to Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.

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