Lock 27 at Chain of Rocks Canal closes for emergency repairs

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | 7:07 a.m. CDT; updated 10:17 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 18, 2012

ST. LOUIS — The Army Corps of Engineers has closed Lock 27 at Chain of Rocks Canal on the Mississippi River for emergency repairs, and it isn't clear when it will reopen.

The lock north of St. Louis near Granite City, Ill., was closed Saturday morning after damage was discovered to one of its protection cells. The corps says the damage obstructed safe passage through the chambers.

Corps navigation manager Andy Schimpf says crews are working to clear the channel and make sure tows can move safely through the locks.

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