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U.S. Coast Guard reopens portion of Mo. River to boat traffic

Posted at 5:04 PM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 18:04:33-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The U.S. Coast Guard reopened recreational and commercial boat traffic on the Missouri River from just north of Sioux City, Iowa to just east of Kansas City at Napoleon, Mo.

The agency advises operators a slow no wake zone is in place around Plattsmouth, Neb. and South Sioux City, Neb. due to ongoing concerns in these areas.

Other parts of the river remain closed to boats.

The Missouri River is currently at moderate or major flood level.

"For the safety of the boaters and to prevent impacts to local infrastructure, boating in these conditions is not recommended," the U.S. Coast Guard says.

It adds that many communities are conducting flood fight activities and recreational boating can adversely impact these efforts.

Officials also remind boaters that the river hasn't been completely surveyed for hazards after the floods and navigational markers haven't been reestablished.

Operators should use extreme caution as there could be debris and other potential hazards.

Last week, the U.S. Coast Guard shut down all boat traffic on the river from Sioux City to St. Louis.