Wayne Pratt

Reporter / Newscaster
Mississippi River Flooding
12:46 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Rising Water Slows Mississippi River Navigation

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed Lock and Dam 24 at Clarksville over the weekend.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Flooding along the upper Mississippi River is affecting navigation, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"High river levels have forced us to close two of our locks and dams. Lock and Dam 24 and 25 are both closed right now," said Mike Peterson, chief of public affairs.

"But there’s not a lot of river navigation going on along the upper river right now because upstream of us there is a whole lot of closed locks and dams."

Flood crests on the Mississippi are expected over the next week, but Peterson is not expecting much higher levels.

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July 4th Gas Prices
3:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Expect Higher Gas Prices Over Independence Day Weekend

AAA estimates 41 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more over the holiday weekend.
Credit File photo

If you are traveling the highways over the July 4th holiday weekend, prepare to pay more at the pump. Prices will be higher than last year, mainly due to uncertainty in the Middle East.

"I think the overall problem with Iraq is that it's causing crude oil prices to go up and that's driving up wholesale gasoline prices," said Mike Right, senior vice president of public affairs for AAA Missouri.

"St. Louis is a peculiar market in that they pass along price increases instantly from the wholesale level down to the consumer."

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