Coast Guard continues Baton Rouge flood response

Coast Guard continues Baton Rouge flood response
U.S. Coast Guard members rescue locals from flood water on their flat-bottom boats in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Aug. 14, 2016.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles) NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued an additional 14 people and assisted other agencies in rescuing another 435 in distress due to flooding in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, area Sunday night. Coast Guard assets...

Coast Guard continues flood rescues around Baton Rouge

Coast Guard continues flood rescues around Baton Rouge
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued an additional 53 people and assisted other agencies in rescuing another 766 in distress due to flooding in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, area Sunday. Coast Guard assets include two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrews from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama and a 16-foot...

Coast Guard responds to 35-barge breakaway on Mississippi River

Coast Guard responds to 35-barge breakaway on Mississippi River
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a 35 barge breakaway near Caruthersville, Mo., Tuesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi were notified that the towing vessel Joe Bobzien reported grounding and having 35 loaded dry cargo barges break away from the vessel at 4:30 a.m., Tuesday. The river is restricted to all traffic, except assist vessels, from...

Unified Command established for Barge MM-46 Response near Natchez

Unified Command established for Barge MM-46 Response near Natchez
The towing vessels Kathy Azlin and Amy Frances are staged next to the damaged MM-46 barge for lightening operations on the Mississippi River near Natchez, Jan. 22, 2016.  (Courtesy photo by Adam Davis, NOAA) NATCHEZ, Miss. – The Coast Guard, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and Magnolia Marine established a unified command in response...

Coast Guard suspends search for missing kayakers

Coast Guard suspends search for missing kayakers
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Coast Guard suspended the search for two kayakers in Memphis, around 8:20 a.m., Saturday. The Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis Fire Department, Memphis Police Department and Good Samaritan crews searched for two kayakers who were reportedly missing from the Wolf River Chute area. Rescue crews began their search after Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi received...

Coast Guard Western Rivers high water closures, restrictions

Coast Guard Western Rivers high water closures, restrictions
NEW ORLEAN — The Coast Guard has issued a number of river closures and restrictions in response to floods in the Midwest. To keep the public and professional mariners apprised of changes to river traffic, the 8th District will continue to issue press releases capturing all closures and restrictions throughout this period of high water and flooding. The following Coast Guard sectors have issued closures...