The flooding will affect the locks in the starved Rock and Marseille

The flooding will affect the locks in the starved Rock and Marseille

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"Both locks have stopped working because of the flood," said a spokesman for Allen & Mars, the Rock Island District of the US Army Corps. "The date of 5 October shall not be reopened."

The reason for closure is the recess installed by the contractors at the top of the locks. The project is being led by the US Army Corps of Engineers and is a prerequisite for next summer's larger project to replace Starved Rock Gates, among other maintenance projects that will shut down six locks along the Illinois River waterway system.

Initially, the Corps had planned a two-week closure of this year by August, but floods early this year postponed the total closure to early September. Floods have now caused more delays.

The locks have experienced partial closure during daytime hours since June 1. Prolonged closures will give the transportation industry a taste of things to come.

Closure is likely to force much freight on local roads and rails. According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, one barge has a capacity of about 58 semitrailers.

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