Coast Guard to conduct pollution response exercise Thursday

PEORIA, Ill. – The Coast Guard is scheduled to conduct a pollution response exercise in Lake Peoria from 8:30 a.m., to 12:30 p.m., Thursday. Members participating are Sector Upper Mississippi River and the Coast Guard Cutter Sangamon. The exercise is aimed at testing and improving the Coast Guard’s ability to assemble, deploy and operate a Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System. A VOSS is used to...

Coast Guard crews rescue 22 people, 2 dogs in Midwest during historic floods

PADUCAH, Ky. — Coast Guard Disaster Area Response Teams (DART) have rescued 22 people and two dogs from flood waters in the Midwest as of Monday. In the latest rescue, Livingston County Emergency Management requested Coast Guard assistance with three persons trapped in their home by rising water. A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter and crew launched from Barkley Regional Airport. Once on scene,...

Coast Guard cautions boaters as Mississippi and Illinois Rivers rise

ST. LOUIS — Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River is reminding boaters to exercise extreme caution while operating their vessels on the upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

Coast Guard reopens Illinois River to vessel traffic

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened the Illinois River at the Florence Highway Bridge after completing salvage operations on a partially sunken barge, Tuesday. In an effort to lessen the number of vessels waiting to transit, the Captain of the Port in Sector Upper Mississippi River is going to allow five towing vessels to transit before sundown, re-close the river, then open the...

Stretch of Illinois River Remains Closed after bridge allision

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Illinois River at mile marker 56.5 remains closed Monday as a result of a bridge allision with the Florence Highway Bridge near Florence, Ill. Salvage operations of the partially sunken barge have begun.

Coast Guard closes portion of Illinois River due to bridge allision

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River captain of the port has closed a portion of the Illinois River as the result of a bridge allision with the Florence Highway Bridge near Florence, Ill., Saturday.

Coast Guard responds to bridge allision, drifting and sunk barges

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River is responding to a report of 13 drifting and two sunken barges as a result of a bridge allision with the Poplar St. Bridge on the Mississippi River, Saturday.

Coast Guard to enforce safety zones along Mississippi River during Baseball All Star Week.

ST. LOUIS — The Coast Guard will be enforcing a safety zone in the downtown St. Louis area between the MacArthur Railroad Bridge (mile marker 179), and the Eads Bridge (mile marker 180) from July 11 through July 14, 2009 from 4 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. daily. Commercial vessels transiting the safety zone are required to contact the Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi Command Center at the following...

Coast Guard closes portion of Illinois River due to marine incident

PEORIA, Ill. — The Coast Guard has closed the Illinois River from mile marker 160 to mile marker 165 in response to a marine incident involving the motor vessel Richard Sibes and a 40-foot pleasure craft carrying seven people at 4:30 p.m. Monday.