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UPDATE: Barge resurfaces, Coast Guard "has a line on it"

4 years ago May 20, 2011 May 20, 2011 Friday, May 20 2011 Friday, May 20, 2011 3:22:41 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

UPDATE-  A barge resurfaced on the Mississippi just North of Downtown Baton Rouge and caused concern Friday night.  At one point, authorities were considering an evacuation of the Hollywood Casino river boat.

But, a spokesperson with the casino said late Friday, the Coast Guard had a "line on the barge," and there was no immediate danger to the casino.  He said there were no plans to evacuate the floating part of the facility.

A handful of grain barges got lose Friday afternoon, collided and sunk.  Some started floating back to the surface around 9pm Friday.

Original story:

BATON ROUGE - A handful of grain barges have sunk after at least one hit the LA 190 bridge in Baton Rouge, and the Coast Guard has closed a section of the Mississippi River as a result.

The Coast Guard says a tugboat pulling the barges lost control of them near the Old Mississippi River Bridge, and at least one hit it. The bridge was closed while DOTD inspected it, but no damage was found.

Casey Hicks with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said five grain barges in all broke loose of the group. She said three sank while two hit another barge containing sulfuric acid that was moored at the Rhodia plant. Hicks said there did not appear to be any leaks at this time.

The 190 bridge was closed for a while this past weekend after 25 barges in Port Allen came loose and one struck it. No damage was done to the bridge in that incident.

The Coast Guard ordered a five-mile section of the river closed while recovery operations get underway to raise the sunken barges.

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