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    Mississippi River is closed at Baton Rouge after 3 barges sink

    Published: Friday, May 20, 2011, 3:49 PM Updated: Friday, May 20, 2011, 3:57 PM

    By John Pope, The Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune


    Three of four grain-bearing barges that broke away from a towboat sank in the Mississippi River on Friday afternoon, the Coast Guard said.

    Because of this incident, in which no one was hurt, the river is closed for five miles, from mile 232 to mile 237, while the Coast Guard conducts an investigation, Senior Chief Petty Officer Mike O'Berry said.

    The fourth runaway barge hit a dock, he said.

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    http://www.nola.com/environment/inde...05/post_1.html
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    Re: Mississippi River is closed at Baton Rouge after 3 barges sink

    Coast Guard reviewing barge salvage plan for river

    <!-- MAIN PHOTO --><!-- BYLINE -->The Associated Press <!-- PUBDATE -->
    Published: Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 11:14 a.m.
    Last Modified: Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 11:14 a.m.

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The Coast Guard is keeping a nine-mile segment of the Mississippi River shut down until it settles on a plan to remove three barges that sank in the waterway that is bulging with floodwaters from upriver.

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    Petty Officer Bill Colclough says the Coast Guard is reviewing a salvage plan offered by Archer Daniels Midland Co., which owns the barges. Colclough said Sunday he didn't know how long the review would take.

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    http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20...plan-for-river
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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