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 experts refloat grounded freighter in St. Marys River

Salvage experts refloat grounded freighter in St. Marys River
SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. — Salvage experts successfully refloated the freighter Paul R. Tregurtha early Thursday morning that had been hard aground in the downbound channel of the St. Marys River. At 5:30 a.m., two tugs with a combined 4,000 horsepower, moved the stern of the ship into the middle of the channel. This enabled salvage experts to successfully raise the ship’s bow by filling stern...

Coast Guard begins ice breaking operation in western Great Lakes

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard began ice breaking operations Wednesday as part of Operation Taconite, in response to colder temperatures and ice growth in the western Great Lakes region. Coordinated by Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Operation Taconite is the Coast Guard’s largest domestic ice breaking operation, encompassing lakes Superior and Michigan, the St. Mary’s River, the...