Panamanian officials, for the third time in 96 years, have closed the Panama Canal due to local river flooding. The last time the canal closed was 1989 when the U.S. invaded Panama and captured President Manual Noriega.
The canal is one of the most critical passages for shipping in between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The Chagres River and Lake Gatun rose from heavy rains that have been plaguing Central and South America.
Officials expect the canal to be opened later today or early tomorrow.