(AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reopened two Mississippi River locks, now that flooding is easing on the waterway.
The corps says locks 24 at Clarksville, Mo., and locks 25 at Winfield, Mo., opened in recent days. They had been shut down for several days due to flooding, which made the river dangerous for barges and other traffic.
The river was still nearly 6 feet above flood stage at Clarksville, and nearly 7 feet above flood stage at Winfield, on Tuesday, but was falling at both places.
It has gone down enough that sewage can once again be treated at the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District's Bissell Point wastewater treatment plant.
That means that millions of gallons of untreated sewage are no longer spilling into the river.
The river reached more than 35 feet last week. Flood stage is 30 feet. It was still at 32.7 feet Tuesday morning, but after it dropped below 33 feet on Monday the main pipe at the sewage treatment plan could once again be used.
Sewer district officials say the discharge over the past several days was heavily diluted by the fast-moving river, mitigating any public health or safety risks along with the environmental impact.