Coast Guard reopens James River after downed power line is removed

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port lifted the safety zone a half mile in either direction of the James River Bridge at about 9:30 a.m. Friday, allowing all traffic to transit the river through the main channel only.

Dominion Power removed the downed power lines from the main channel and is working to remove the remaining line.

Coast Guard Auxiliary and Virginia Marine Resource Commission personnel are ensuring mariners only transit the main channel.

The Coast Guard Cutter Albacore receives the cutter's small boat at about 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2009, before being relieved by the Coast Guard Auxiliary to ensure boaters stay in the main channel of the James River.

The Coast Guard Cutter Albacore receives the cutter's small boat at about 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2009, before being relieved by the Coast Guard Auxiliary to ensure boaters stay in the main channel of the James River.

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