At least eight tows and 63 barges were moored this week after government officials deemed the waterway unsafe for navigation – waters were high enough that tows risked hitting St. Louis’ bridges, Fogarty said.

Waters on the Mississippi at St. Louis on Thursday receded to the moderate flood stage of 38.9 feet, after cresting this week at 40.5 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

It was the fourth highest recorded water level since the St. Louis Army Corps gage was installed in 1861.

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