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Corps Of Engineers Reports “Unprecedented” Damage To Marseilles Dam

Posted by wlpo on April 26, 2013

An initial damage assessment of the Marseilles Lock and Dam is done and it’s not pretty.

Five of the eight gates at the dam are severely damaged after several barges hit the dam last week because of the Illinois River flooding.  Ron Fournier with the Army Corps of Engineers in Rock Island says two of the gates are inoperable and have pieces that broke off and floated downstream. Fournier says the damage at the dam is unprecedented and the worst he’s seen in his 20 years with the Corps of Engineers.

Despite all the damage, Fournier says the dam is in no danger of collapsing.  As the water falls more, he says engineers will get a better look at what repairs are needed at the dam.

Lawmakers, city officials and others are expected to meet at the Marseilles Fire Station this morning to talk about the economic impact the lack of barge traffic will have between Marseilles and Chicago.

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