Coast Guard official tours parts of flooded river

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Posted: May 20, 2011 12:37 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: natchez, mississippi, river, river watch, flood, coast guard, ship traffic, wbrz, louisiana

NATCHEZ, Miss. - Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp is touring parts of the flooded Mississippi River and is being briefed on efforts to control ship traffic on the river.

Papp met Friday morning with the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Greenbrier, along the flooded river near the Natchez Coast Guard station. Coast Guard personnel told Papp they expect the river to fully recede by about mid-June. They say they plan to spend at least a week re-marking the river so cargo ships and barges can safely navigate the waterway.

As Papp was being briefed, a tow ship slowly pushed nearly a dozen barges upriver, inching along at about a mile an hour.

Papp is headed next to New Orleans.

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