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updated: 1/23/2013 9:49 AM

Mississippi River shipping resumes at Ill. lock

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Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Mississippi River shipping is back in business again near St. Louis, a day after a key lock and dam was closed when a barge damaged a gate.

Coast Guard Lt. Colin Fogarty says the auxiliary lock near Granite City, Ill., reopened about 10 p.m. Tuesday after the Army Corps of Engineers made sufficient repairs.

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But the shutdown is causing a lingering snarl of barge traffic. Fogarty says 106 barges and 19 vessels were lined up, waiting to pass through the lock as of 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The corps says the gate to the 600-foot-long lock was damaged about 5 a.m. Tuesday when a barge got caught up on it.

Fogarty says the accident had nothing to do with the river's low water levels.

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