Coast Guard closes Red River due to barge aground

No Admittance - Safety ZoneNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard has closed the Red River from mile marker 40 to mile marker 42, Sunday.

A barge reportedly ran aground and is protruding into the channel near mile marker 41.

The river is closed to all vessels and any request to transit the river prior to re-opening should be directed to Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River on VHF-FM Channel 16.

The Red River Express is en route from Texas and is expected to be on scene late in the evening June 27, 2016 to lighter the barge so it can be safely re-floated.

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