Coast Guard approves transit plan for Stephen L. Colby

Coast Guard approves transit plan for Stephen L. Colby
+ LECLAIRE, Iowa — The Coast Guard approved a transit plan for the 154-foot towboat Stephen L. Colby, Wednesday. The Stephen L. Colby will be decontaminated before getting underway to St. Louis. The towboat is expected to be in St. Louis within a week. Three holes on the hull of the Stephen L. Colby have been patched. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0');...

Stephen L. Colby lifted, operations continue

Stephen L. Colby lifted, operations continue
LECLAIRE, Iowa – Response crews commenced lifting operations of the 154-foot sunken towboat from the Mississippi River bank near LeClaire, Iowa, Monday. Stephen L. Colby salvage crews worked to cradle and dewater the vessel in an effort to remove extra weight while lifting the towboat. Crews dealt with below freezing conditions and long hours throughout response efforts and continue to conduct pollution...

Response crews rig sling to Stephen L. Colby in snowy conditions

Response crews rig sling to Stephen L. Colby in snowy conditions
LECLAIRE, Iowa – Response crews connected a sling to the bow of the Stephen L. Colby during wintery weather conditions in LeClaire, Iowa, Dec. 8, 2013. Crews have been working against deteriorating weather conditions for two days to ensure any spilled fuel is cleaned up and proper salvage preparations are in place to raise the 144-foot towboat. LECLAIRE, Iowa – Response crews prepare and...

Stephen L. Colby Response salvage, cleanup operations continue

Stephen L. Colby Response salvage, cleanup operations continue
LECLAIRE, Iowa – Salvage, cleanup and environmental protection efforts continue in response to the sunken towboat Stephen L. Colby on the Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa, Tuesday. A unified command consisting of the Coast Guard, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and local and industry representatives is working closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

Response efforts continue for the towboat Stephen L. Colby

Response efforts continue for the towboat Stephen L. Colby
LECLAIRE, Iowa – Cleanup operations and environmental efforts continued in response to the sunken towboat Stephen L. Colby in the Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. A unified command consisting of federal, state, local and industry representatives are working aggressively to prevent and minimize pollution impacts to wildlife and the environment as a result of the incident. The...

Mississippi River cleanup efforts continue through holiday weekend

Mississippi River cleanup efforts continue through holiday weekend
LECLAIRE, Iowa — The Coast Guard, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Services and local emergency crews continue to respond to the oil spill into the Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa from a partially submerged towboat Friday, Nov, 29, 2013. The Stephen L. Colby Unified Command is aggressively working to minimize...

Coast Guard continues to respond to oil discharge in upper Mississippi River

Coast Guard continues to respond to oil discharge in upper Mississippi River
ST. LOUIS — The Coast Guard, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Services and local emergency crews continue to respond to oil discharged into the Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa from a partially submerged towboat. Due to a shift in weather Wednesday night, a sizable portion of oil escaped the containment area. The...

Unified Command approves lightering plan for sunken towboat in upper Mississippi River

Unified Command approves lightering plan for sunken towboat in upper Mississippi River
ST. LOUIS — The Coast Guard, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Services and local emergency crews continue to respond to oil discharge into the Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa from a partially submerged towboat. The river was reopened at 6 p.m., Tuesday. The unified command has approved a lightering plan of...

Coast Guard reopens upper Mississippi River

Coast Guard reopens upper Mississippi River
ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port Upper Mississippi River reopened the Mississippi River from mile marker 493 to mile marker 501 on the upper Mississippi River at approximately 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Coast Guard, Illinois EPA, Illinois DNR and local emergency crews continue to respond to oil discharge into the Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa from the partially submerged towboat. Watchstanders...