Another Towing Vessel Capsizes on Lower Mississippi River

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding today to a capsized towing vessel on the Lower Mississippi River near Donaldsonville, Louisiana as the waterway continues to experience high water.  The incident is the second capsizing involving a towing vessel in less than a week on the Lower Mississippi River.  Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a … [Read more...]

Breakaway Barges Close Section of Mississippi River

A three-mile section of the Mississippi River was closed Wednesday after 22 barges broke free, some of them hitting other vessels before they were brought under control or came to rest. The incident occurred at mile marker 54 on the Mississippi River near West Pointe a la Hache in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana on Wednesday. The 22 barges were all loaded with … [Read more...]

Mississippi River Bridge Hit by Three Towing Vessels in Three Days

A third towboat has allided with the Vicksburg Railroad Bridge in as many days as floodwaters continue to impact shipping on the Mississippi River.  The latest incident occurred Thursday when a barge being pushed by towing vessel Robert D. Byrd struck the bridge at about approximately 7:44 a.m. The string of incidents began Tuesday when the towing … [Read more...]

Flood Outlook Improves for Lower Mississippi Region

By Tim Loh (Bloomberg) -- The threat of flooding is subsiding across the lower Mississippi River region just two weeks after high waters devastated parts of the St. Louis area. The Mississippi probably won’t rise as high from Arkansas to New Orleans as earlier forecasts projected, according to the National Weather Service. “Crest heights are going to be a bit less than … [Read more...]