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Debris in Mississippi River probably caused barge to hit bridge

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The Mississippi River is cresting in St. Louis Friday, one foot above flood stage. The river level is expected to start falling Saturday.

The coast guard believes debris churned up by that high water got caught in the rudder of a tow boat Thursday, running barges into the piers of the MLK and EADS bridges.

Neither bridge has structural damage from the accident.

The coast guard has temporarily closed the Mississippi from Granite City to the JB Bridge for recreational boaters.

MLK Bridge reopens after hit by barge