The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday, Jan. 21, reported a section of the Mississippi River near West Point a la Hache, Louisiana remained closed as it continued its response to a 22-barge breakaway.
All 22 barges were loaded with coal and petroleum coke, and have since been accounted for. All but one of the barges had been secured and salvage operations were underway on Thursday morning to secure the final barge. The cause for the incident remains under investigation, according to a Coast Guard news release.
The Coast Guard expects to reopen the waterway once the section from mile markers 50 – 53 are deemed safe for navigation.