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Coast Guard closes Mississippi River to commercial traffic near Diamond Bluff

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After two tow boats and their barges ran aground on July 6, the U.S. Coast Guard has closed the Mississippi River to commercial shipping traffic in an area just upriver from Diamond Bluff.

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Officials with the St. Paul District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommended to the Coast Guard that the river be closed in the area because sediment build up in the river had caused the groundings.

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