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Old 05-15-2011, 02:48 AM
 
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Default Another Spring Flood Casualty !

Greetings From Baton Rouge ,
Today , there was yet another casualty brought on by this years record Spring Flood ! At approximately 12:30 , the ARTCO owned and operated triple screw and 10,500 hp , diesel tow boat , M/V American Pillar , with thirty loaded grain barges collided with the upper Baton Rouge Hwy. Bridge on the Lower Mississippi River !
The M/V American Pillar was south bound and had just flanked around Wilkenson Point and was being assisted by another and smaller light tow boat to navigate through the upper bridge , when it is believed that the " head " of the American Pillar's tow was caught by the up stream eddy that was working on the right descending shore and just under Wilkenson Point ! Then it is believed that the American Pillar lost control and collided with the upper bridge's left hand pier and ultimately damaged and partially sunk a number of barges and then remainder of the tow of barges were then sent floating free down through the Baton Rouge harbor !
Fortunately , the free floating barges were rounded up by other tow boats in the area and no other damage ensued !
It was also reported that there was no signs of pollution and no loss of life but this is just another example of how difficult and dangerous it is to navigate the river system under these extreme and adverse conditions !
It also makes me wonder once again just why does the Corps Of Engineers wait to start draining the river BEFORE it reaches such record levels by opening all the spillways and by strategically blowing holes in the levee system ?? Why wait for disaster to happen with the boats and people that work the river and the ensuing economic distress when the process of draining the river could have started much sooner with all the models and predictions that the Corps Of Engineers have at their disposal ??
Just Food For Thought !
Smooth Sailing !
Ted Davisson
NOBRA 70
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