Flooding, accident force lock closures

Apr 19, 2013 | 06:05 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Flooding, Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, lock closures, Rock Island and St. Louis Districts, Cap Grossman, Dan Becker, scrap flows, Keel Hunt Ingram Barge

CHICAGO — Four locks on the Illinois River and eight locks on the Mississippi River closed April 18 and 19 due to record flooding, with at least two more closures imminent, as shippers, barge and terminal operators secured their assets but expected to encounter delays.

“It was like something out of the Bible,” Grossman Iron & Steel Co. president Cap Grossman said of record rainfall in the Midwest. “We’re holding our breath down here.”
The Illinois River’s T.J. O’Brien, Starved Rock, Dresden Island and Marseilles lock and dams were closed, while Locks 15 through 22 were closed on the upper Mississippi, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Rock Island District told AMM. ....

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