May 17, 2011 / 2:31 AM / in 6 years

Coast Guard says reopens Mississippi near Natchez

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HOUSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard said it reopened the Mississippi River near Natchez, Mississippi, on Tuesday, one day after shutting the key U.S. waterway due to flooding.

The Coast Guard is limiting traffic on the river near Natchez as a measure to protect ships, levees and other flood control structures.

Only one tow vessel hauling barges up or down the river will be allowed to pass through a 15-mile stretch of the Mississippi near Natchez while river levels continue near record highs, the Coast Guard said.

Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Richard Chang

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