U.S. Coast Guard closes part of Mississippi River to vessel traffic ST. LOUIS AP The Mississippi River is now closed to all vessel traffic at St. Louis, the result of severe flooding. The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday shut down the river for a five mile stretch, citing not only the extremely high water but also the swift current. The river is already more than 8 feet 2.4 meters above flood stage at St. Louis and expected to rise another 4 feet 1.2 meters by Monday. Closure of river traffic at one of the largest cities on the Mississippi is a huge blow for commerce since many goods are shipped on barges up and down the river. It isnt clear when the river will reopen at St. Louis. Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this stations FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCCs online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888 225 5322, 888 835 5322 TTY , or .