The Missouri River was closed to all vessel traffic Tuesday morning because of high water levels, according to a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The closure affects mile marker 0, in St. Louis, to mile marker 380, just north of Kansas City. It is in place to prevent boats from overflowing or damaging levees and will remain in place until the captain of the port for the river determines that levels have lowered.

Operators of vessels may request permission from the captain of the port to move within the closure zone on a case-by-case basis.

The entire river is currently at "moderate to major flood level," according to the news release. It has not yet been surveyed for navigational hazards.

Operators and all interested parties should monitor marine VHF channels and the Upper Mississippi River Port Directory for updates on the high water levels.

  • Assistant city editor at the Missourian. Previously reported on state government and higher education.

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