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Marseilles Dam deemed safe, reopened to traffic

Posted by wlpo on May 4, 2013

     MARSEILLES, Ill. (AP) – U.S.  Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers say navigation is resuming on a stretch of the Illinois River that was closed after barges broke loose and damaged the dam near Marseilles.

     The mishap occurred April 18, when river currents resulting from heavy rains redirected the barges toward the dam. Three of the seven barges sunk.

     Officials say the damage caused by the barges prompted salvage and repair operations that restricted navigation on the river upstream of the dam. Although repair operations continue, the corps of engineers has deemed the dam stable and will allow navigation to resume Saturday, although with restrictions.

     Operators of vessels that will traverse the dam’s lock must contact the Coast Guard at least one hour before reaching the dam.

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