The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed its three Twin Cities locks Sunday to recreational boats due to increasing high water flows in the Mississippi River.
The Upper St. Anthony Falls and Lower St. Anthony Falls locks in downtown Minneapolis and Lock and Dam 1, located next to Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, were closed to recreational boaters, when flows passed 30,000 cubic feet per second, Based on National Weather Service forecasts, flows will be more than 30,000 cfs for the next week.
These locks were previously closed for high flows from April 11-21.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service in La Crosse issued a flood watch for the Mississippi River in the Winona and La Crosse areas for the next several days.
The weather service says the Mississippi River at Winona is expected to hit its 13-foot flood stage by next Sunday, May 4th, and crest at 13.5 feet by next Monday, May 5th. Flood stage produces some flooding at the Prairie Island campground and in Levee Park.