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May 8, 2013

Lock repair to close part of Illinois River at least a week -Army Corps

CHICAGO, May 8 (Reuters) – Barge shipping returned to normal
this week on most of the Illinois River after spring floods, but
lock repairs will halt navigation on a northern stretch for at
least a week beginning on Friday, the Army Corps of Engineers
and Coast Guard said.

Marseilles Lock and Dam near Seneca, Illinois, was
critically damaged when seven barges broke loose from a tow on
April 18, tearing 20-foot (6-meter) holes in two of the dam’s
gates.

May 3, 2013

Mississippi River reopens after oil spill closure: Coast Guard

By Karl Plume

(Reuters) – The Coast Guard reopened a stretch of the Mississippi River near Hartford, Illinois early on Friday as the waterway was deemed safe for navigation following a vessel accident and oil spill near the confluence with the Missouri River.

The river had been closed from mile marker 194 to 198 after a towboat struck an area where barges were tied up along the shore at 12:57 a.m. CDT (0557 GMT) and several barges broke loose, colliding with other facilities and docks, the Coast Guard said.

May 3, 2013

Mississippi River reopens after oil spill closure -U.S. Coast Guard

May 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard reopened a stretch of
the Mississippi River near Hartford, Illinois early on Friday as
the waterway was deemed safe for navigation following a vessel
accident and oil spill near the confluence with the Missouri
River.

The river had been closed from mile marker 194 to 198 after
a towboat struck an area where barges were tied up along the
shore at 12:57 a.m. CDT (0557 GMT) and several barges broke
loose, colliding with other facilities and docks, the Coast
Guard said.

Apr 25, 2013

Damaged Illinois River lock may hinder barges for weeks

April 25 (Reuters) – A northern stretch of the Illinois
River, a main artery for shipping bulk commodities to export
terminals at the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to remain closed
for several weeks as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers works to
repair a lock damaged during recent heavy flooding.

Severe flooding on the waterway has also halted the loading
of corn and soybean barges at terminals along the waterway and
delivery points for CME grain futures contracts, with the
exchange declaring force majeure on Thursday at all terminals it
uses on the river.

Apr 25, 2013

Damaged Illinois River lock may hinder barge traffic for weeks

April 25 (Reuters) – A northern stretch of the Illinois
River may remain closed to commercial shipping traffic for
several weeks as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers works to
repair a lock damaged during recent heavy flooding, the Corps
said on Thursday.

Flooding on the waterway has also halted the loading of corn
and soybean barges at Illinois River terminals, which are
delivery points for CME grain futures contracts. That prompted
the exchange to declare force majeure at most terminals on
Thursday.

Apr 23, 2013

Floods to sideline Mississippi River barges at least another week

April 23 (Reuters) – Barge shipping on the Illinois River
and parts of the Mississippi River will remain impeded until at
least early next week as the flood-swollen waterways slowly
recede from record- or near-record-high crests, according to the
U.S. Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers.

But the date when barge shipments of grain can again move
freely from production areas in the Midwest to export facilities
at the Gulf of Mexico may be pushed back as another storm system
moved through the region on Tuesday.

Apr 22, 2013

Mississippi barge traffic snarled by floods, accidents

By Karl Plume

(Reuters) – Commercial shipping traffic was moving again on the Mississippi River south of St. Louis after a pair of barge accidents that forced the U.S. Coast Guard to close the waterway over the weekend, but navigation remained severely impaired further north.

Flooding following torrential rains across the central United States forced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close about a dozen locks on the Illinois River and the Mississippi River north of St. Louis late last week.

Apr 22, 2013

Floods, barge accidents halt Mississippi River traffic

April 22 (Reuters) – Barge shipping on the Illinois River
and parts of the Mississippi River was at a standstill on Monday
as flooding forced the closure of numerous locks and crews
worked to recover dozens of barges that broke free in
flood-swollen currents.

The U.S. Coast Guard will close a section of the Illinois
River near Peoria to all traffic later on Monday to protect
levees, and was considering shipping restrictions in other areas
as heavy currents made navigation treacherous.

Apr 19, 2013

Floods shut Mississippi, Illinois river locks -Army Corps

April 19 (Reuters) – Barge shipping was halted Friday on
parts of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers as flooding forced
the closure of several locks until at least the middle of next
week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday.

Eight Mississippi River locks, from Lock 15 at Rock Island,
Illinois, to Lock 22 at Saverton, Missouri, were closed between
Thursday evening and Friday morning as water in the rain-swollen
river overtopped the dams, said Rob Germann, operations manager
for the Army Corps’ Mississippi River project, Rock Island
district.

Apr 19, 2013

Rains wash away U.S. drought, shifting farm economy’s prospects

CHICAGO, April 19 (Reuters) – Torrential downpours across a
broad swath of the U.S. Midwest this week are easing the worst
drought in more than 50 years, flooding streams, snarling river
transportation, stalling corn plantings – and changing the
outlook for the American farm economy in 2013.

The Army Corps of Engineers is closing locks along a
150-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from roughly Davenport
in Iowa to Hannibal, Missouri. Barge traffic was backing up
Thursday, as water levels were too high for barges to take on
grain.