No near-term relief seen along rivers

Apr 22, 2013 | 04:09 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  flooding, barge accidents, Illinois River, Mississippi River, Ingram Barge, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, Marseilles Peoria

CHICAGO — Numerous lock closures and a trio of barge accidents have kept shipping along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers at a standstill as flooding remains a threat to the waterways, with no immediate relief in sight.

The U.S. Coast Guard found no damage following an inspection at the Illinois River’s Marseilles lock and dam, where salvage operations have begun after three vessels broke free and crashed into the structure April 18 (, April 19).

"The high water and fast currents make it all a challenge," Nashville, Tenn.-based Ingram Barge Co. spokesman Keel Hunt told AMM.

Meanwhile, barges also have broken free on the flood-swollen Mississippi River. Mike Petersen, spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ St. Louis District, said that 89 barges broke free April 20 at St. Louis harbor, and the river there remains closed. ....

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