Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mississippi River near St. Louis reopens for shipping after 11 barges sink

A 15-mile stretch of the Mississippi River near St. Louis reopened to shipping Monday after the Coast Guard determined 11 barges that sank last weekend in the rain-elevated channel were not a danger to other ships.

Investigators are still trying to figure out why 114 barges broke free from a dock in St. Louis County Saturday night.

All of the barges that didn't sink were retrieved.

Salvage operations for the sunken barges will soon commence, according to Coast Guard Lt. Colin Fogarty.

For more of the State Journal-Register story: sj-r.com



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