Lock reopens on Mississippi River

ST. LOUIS, MO (WAFB) - The busiest lock on the Mississippi River has reopened after emergency repairs.

The lock is back in business after days of corrections caused a shutdown near St. Louis, backing up 455 barges and 63 vessels.

It was put out of action after crews noticed damage to what's called a "protection cell," in which a steel buffer keeping the barges aligned split open, causing rock spillover that obstructed river passage.

The US Army Corps of Engineers reopened lock 27 on Thursday.

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