The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun releasing water from Carlyle Lake to support safe navigations on the Mississippi River, in addition to the excavation work on the rock pinnacles just south of Thebes. Michael Peterson, a spokesman with the St. Louis District tells KZIM-KSIM that the rock work is progressing as planned, and the release of water and weather conditions have created a favorable report for river traffic. The historic low levels on the river forced the release from Carlyle Lake, located on Kaskaskia (cass-cay-see-uh) River system in Southwest Illinois. A stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed during daylight hours will be open full-time next week as work crews removing rock break for the holiday, they will be back to work December 27.
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