2021 may 10, barge tied up in north clinton

A tug and barge wait along Clinton’s shoreline for Lock and Dam 13 to reopen after a boat grounded in a narrow passage this weekend. The lock is closed until the Army Corps of Engineers marks a new passage.

CLINTON — Barges tied up along the shore of the Mississippi River on Monday from Clinton to north of Fulton, Illinois after a boat ran aground upriver.

John James, a lock master with Army Corps of Engineers, said Tuesday that the passage at Smith Bay is narrow, and boats sometimes go aground. When they do, the Corps has to mark a new passage, James said.

About four barges waited south of Lock and Dam 13 on Tuesday morning and six or seven waited to the north for the lock to reopen, James said.

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