SEPT 20, 2018
Newburgh Lock (OR 776) – We returned to 24 hour lockings last night. There is another bump of water coming down the Ohio River, arriving late this week that could force us to return to daylight only locking. Beginning on 6/7 and ending on 10/10, the main chamber will be closed, boats will use the auxiliary chamber. The re-opening date has been pushed back to 10/10 due to the recent high water restrictions. Expect around 24 hours of delay during this time period. Current queue is 55 boats.
Ohio River upcoming closure – The river will be closed from 09:45 on 9/29 until 1915 on 9/30 for a Special Local Regulation.
High water on the Upper Miss has reduced our max tow size to 12 barges for the full river. Precipitation on the river today may keep us from returning to full tow sizes until late next week. We will be monitoring the situation over the weekend and will have an update on Monday.
High water between St. Louis and Cairo – Tow size between St Louis and Cairo has been reduced by one string, 5 barges per tow. Expect to be back to full tow sizes tomorrow. We also have daylight only transit through the Thebes bridge (UM 44).
Reduced tow sizes SB from Cairo to Gulf by one string (5 barges) – Reduced tow size by one string (5 barges per tow), expect this to last until the end of this week. Expect an additional 3 days in transit time until stages return to normal.
Calcasieu Lock (WC 238) Closure— Beginning on July 30, the lock will only be closed Monday-Thursday from 07:00-17:00. The river will be open from Friday-Sunday. This change is an effort to help control the major delays occurring at this lock. Contractors will demolish the south chamber guide wall and start construction of a new guide wall. The lock will be closed Monday-Thursday from 07:00—17:00 each day. Current queue is 8 boats.
PORT ALLEN CANAL:
Bayou Sorrel (PA 36) Closure to Refurbish South Gates – This will be a full closure of the Port Allen Canal 7 days a week from 8/31 until approximately 11/30. Boats will use Algiers as the alternate route. This closure has the potential to cause major delays, 24-48 hours in each direction.
Special Note – Please be aware Celtic’s Service Agreement under the “Tolls, Taxes, or User Charges” clause gives Celtic the right to bill costs for lock delays.
Heavy rain and severe thunderstorms highlight the weather today.
- A low is located over the Rockies with a warm front extending eastward across the Upper Mississippi Valley and a cold front extending southeastward. The low/warm front will move rapidly east-northeastward today and be the focus of moderate to locally heavy rain and severe thunderstorms over the Middle Missouri/Upper Mississippi Valleys. The cold front will move southeastward through Saturday and become stationary over the Tennessee/Arkansas Valleys on Sunday/Monday with moderate to locally heavy rain predicted.
- Another cold front will move through the Upper Mississippi Valley on Saturday/Sunday with light to moderate rain predicted.
- A third cold front will move through the watershed Monday-Thursday with moderate to locally heavy rain predicted during its passage. 7day QPF totals (through Thursday morning):
- 1-5” of rain is forecasted for the entire region.
Bill Frederick, USACE