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Bayou Sorrel Locks close

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Posted: May 23, 2011 5:36 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: May 23, 2011 5:36 PM
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BAYOU SORREL - As the Army Corps of Engineers closes the Bayou Sorrel locks to barge traffic, many within the shipping industry are now left unemployed.

The locks close when the water on the Atchafalaya side reaches 16 feet. And that's bad for John Businelle and his business, Pelican Shipyard Machine Shop. They've already laid off 18 employees.

"It shuts our business down. We supply tow service down there to help the bigger tows get through the locks," Businelle said.

The locks will remain cloased until the water level falls below 16 feet.

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