The Coast Guard in Louisville has
reopened a portion of the Ohio River near Old Shawneetown, Ill.,
that had been closed a few hours earlier.
Restrictions apply to the reopening though. The Coast Guard said
Tuesday night that towing vessels would only be allowed to pass
through the restricted area from mile maker 847.5 to mile maker 849
during daylight hours. Northbound vessels are restricted to a
maximum of four barges, and southbound vessels must be empty.
The section was closed earlier Tuesday because of shallow water
in the navigational channel.
Spokesman Kirk Beckmann says there's high water and a strong
current in the Wabash River, which feeds the Ohio River. He says
that's bringing more silt and sand into the Ohio River. River
vessels were having trouble navigating around it.