June 21, 2018
Lock 52: The current river stage at Lock 52 is 17.8’, expected to fall to 15.6’ by this Friday/Saturday. If the river falls to 15.5’, there is a possibility of a closure while the river is at or below this stage. If the river falls to 15.5’ or below, there is still the possibility of running tows through the lock chamber. Industry personnel will determine if this option can be executed safely. Rain is predicted over the next three days in the area. If we receive the predicted amount of rainfall, the Corps does not expect a closure until possibly the second half of next week. If we do NOT receive the anticipated rainfall, the Corps will begin raising the dam on Saturday, June 23. They are predicting 3-4 days to raise the dam.
Olmsted: Wicket Lifter Training: Training resumed yesterday and is ongoing. The lock personnel can currently raise one wicket in 20 minutes, the goal is one wicket every 10 minutes. Barge Recovery: The salvage operations ceased last Thursday, June 14th, when the river rose above 21’. They expect to resume operations tomorrow morning. They expect to have the barge removed by Saturday-Sunday, 6/23-24. The next call is scheduled for 08:30 EST on Friday, June 22nd
Newburgh Lock (OR 776) closure—Beginning on 6/7 and ending on 10/4, the main chamber will be closed, boats will use the auxiliary chamber. Expect ~24 hours of delay during this time period.
BLACK WARRIOR RIVER:
Bankhead Lock – Mile 365 Warrior River will be closed from July 11th 0700 through August 7th 1900.
Holt Lock – Mile 347 Warrior River will be closed from July 10th 0700 through August 8th 1900.
Daily River Closure at mile 811 on the Lower Miss – There is no current timetable for the contractors to come back to work. This closure will be for 12 hours each day, 0630-1830, 7 days a week. This will be a full river closure during work hours, boats will only transit at night through this area.
Arthur V. Ormond Lock and Dam 9 (AR 176.9) will be closed to navigation traffic July 11 @ 0700 through July 14 @ 0700. This closure is to complete electrical repairs to the lock’s interlock controls.
Inland Waterway Weather Report
Continued rain through July 4th and a hot Summer highlight the weather today.
- A cold front stretches across the Ohio/Middle Mississippi/Arkansas Valleys. The front will move slowly southeastward through Saturday bringing daily rounds of moderate to locally heavy rain and severe thunderstorms to the watershed.
- A low will develop over the Southern Plains on Sunday and move slowly northeastward across the watershed Monday-Wednesday. Another round of moderate to locally heavy rain is expected.
- Another cold front will enter the region Wednesday night with a third round of moderate to locally heavy rains expected. 7day QPF totals (through Thursday morning.
- 1” or less of rain is forecasted for the region north of La Crosse and for the region south of Vicksburg.
- 1-4” of rain is forecasted for the remainder of the region.
Bill Frederick, USACE