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ST. LOUIS, MO (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard has closed a portion of the Mississippi River near St. Louis due to flooding.

The river was shut down Tuesday to all vessel traffic from mile marker 179 to mile marker 184.

Capt. Martin Malloy cited high water levels and fast currents as the river continues to approach near-record levels in St. Louis.

The Mississippi River is a vital transportation hub for barges that carry agricultural products and other goods.