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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to project that the commercial navigation channel on the Mississippi River will remain open between St. Louis, Mo. and Cairo, Ill.

The removal of rock obstructions and recent water releases from the Corps' Carlyle Lake in Illinois have improved the forecast for the Mid-Mississippi River.

Current work on the river will address areas that will have the most immediate impact on the navigation channel, with additional rock removal planned for later this year.

"We believe we will deepen the channel ahead of the worst-case river stage scenario, and I remain confident that navigation will continue," said Maj. Gen. John Peabody, Mississippi Valley Division Commander.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in constant communication with the U.S. Coast Guard and the river industry regarding water levels throughout the Mississippi River Basin.

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