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Ohio River Re-Opened at Site of Barge Accident

posted on February 4, 2005

Traffic resumed this week along a 42-mile stretch of the Ohio River that was closed for nearly two weeks while salvage crews removed three runaway barges that had twisted themselves around a dam.

The 175-foot coal barges broke loose on Jan. 6 during flooding along the river and jammed the dam's gates, preventing them from closing.

Because of the falling water levels, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers halted river traffic through the Belleview lock on Jan. 19. The closing trapped 46 towboats and more than 550 barges.

Estimates on economic losses to the region were placed at $4.5 million a day.

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