Marseilles Dam repairs require drawdown of navigation pool

Marseilles Dam repairs require drawdown of navigation pool
MARSEILLES, Ill. — In order to facilitate further repair work at Marseilles Dam, the Unified Command has announced plans for a 4-foot drawdown of the Marseilles navigation pool to be executed Friday. The Marseilles Dam was damaged during an incident April 18 when seven barges broke loose from a tow during historic flooding on the Illinois River. Four of the seven barges have been removed through...

Salvage operators remove three more barges near Marseilles Dam

Salvage operators remove three more barges near Marseilles Dam
MARSEILLES, Ill –Salvage operations continued Thursday near the Marseille’s Dam with three more barges being removed. A second submerged barge was removed Thursday after its remaining cargo of rolled coils was removed by a large crane known as the HERCULES that the Army Corps of Engineers brought in Wednesday. Later in the afternoon, two more barges were removed, leaving only three submerged barges...

Corps completes initial damage assessment of Marseilles Lock and Dam project

Corps completes initial damage assessment of Marseilles Lock and Dam project
Marseilles, Ill.  – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as part of the Unified Command, completed its initial assessment of damages to Marseilles Lock and Dam on the Illinois Waterway Thursday after seven barges allided into the dam on April 18. The lock remains closed as the Corps continues assessing damages, and barge removal operations continue. The damage caused by the allision has compromised...

Salvage operations continue near Marseilles Dam, Navigation delays due to receding river levels imminent

Salvage operations continue near Marseilles Dam, Navigation delays due to receding river levels imminent
d9 MARSEILLES, Ill – Salvage operations led by the Unified Command continued on the remaining six barges floating or submerged near the Marseilles Dam, Wednesday. On Tuesday, three tug boats safely removed the first submerged barge from the water near the dam. Dewatering of the second submerged barge began Wednesday. The Army Corps of Engineers prepared a large crane to offload the barge’s...

First barge removed from near Marseilles Dam

First barge removed from near Marseilles Dam
MARSEILES, Ill – The first of seven barges resting near the Marseilles Dam was removed under supervision of the Unified Command Tuesday morning. Salvage efforts on the barge, which is loaded with iron ore fines, commenced at about 10:30 a.m. after the Unified Command approved the safety and salvage plan. Two tugs owned and contracted by Ingram Barge Company pulled the barge away from the dam during...

Close Inspection of Marseilles Dam reveals damaged gates

Close Inspection of Marseilles Dam reveals damaged gates
MARSEILLES, Ill. — A closer inspection Monday of the Marseilles Dam by Unified Command representatives confirmed that damage resulted from seven barges that broke loose from a tow and came to rest against the dam on Thursday. The Unified Command consists of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Ingram Barge Company. On Sunday evening after water levels receded, the Army Corps...

Unified Command determines no structural threat to Marseilles Dam

Unified Command determines no structural threat to Marseilles Dam
MARSEILLES, Ill. — A Unified Command of U.S. Coast Guard and the Ingram Barge Company representatives announced Saturday that the Marseilles Dam is structurally sound after seven barges broke loose near the dam. On Friday night the U.A. Army Corps of Engineers, providing technical assistance to the Unified Command, completed an evaluation of the dam and determined it to be structurally sound. The...

Coast Guard investigates towing incident on Illinois River at the Marseilles Dam

Coast Guard investigates towing incident on Illinois River at the Marseilles Dam
MARSEILLES, Ill. — The Coast Guard is investigating a marine casualty that occurred Thursday evening on the Illinois River at the Marseilles Dam. Marine investigators from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago responded to a report that the motor vessel Dale A. Heller, a 128-foot towing vessel, lost control of its tow due to strong river currents from Thursday’s heavy rainfall. Seven of the Dale...