The rising Rio Grande is seen under International Bridge No. 1 in Laredo, Texas, early Thursday. The bridge is also known as Gateway to the Americas and connects Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The bridge is closed due to the rising water and the dramatic rise of the Rio Grande caused by Hurricane Alex and continuing rains forced the closure of another crossing known as the Colombia Bridge, about 20 miles upriver.
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