Loose Barges Running Amok On The Ohio River

Loose Barges Running Amok On The Ohio River”

Officials said 27 barges broke free from Jack's Run Mile 4 on the Ohio River and are against the Emsworth Locks and Dams where operations are now suspended.

One barge lodged at the back channel dam, and another was reported to have passed through the Dashields Dam downstream before being retrieved.

The barges were two miles up river from the Emsworth Locks and Dam when they broke loose around 6:45 a.m. Saturday.

Pusher boat operators and the Coast Guard chased around 40 barges that broke loose... and floated by themselves down the Ohio River. Some of the barges were empty, others were carrying coal and cement.

At Emsworth, photos released by the Corps Pittsburgh District office Saturday showed covered barges up against the dam structure. The three other barges that went over the dam were still floating down the Ohio River. There are no reports of significant damage to Emsworth Lock & Dam and no environmental concerns from pollution.

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