Updated: wednesDAY, september 23, 2020
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Tropical Storm Beta
ACBL, Industry, USACE, and USCG continue to work through heavy rain impacts from Tropical Storm Beta
Tropical Storm BETA made landfall in the vicinity of Port O'Connor with winds of 45 mph. Most areas are forecasted for 4-6 inches of rainfall with the potential for 6-10 inches in very limited areas (east of Houston). Storm surge is still predicted to be a maximum of 2-4 feet. It appears this will primarily be a rain event with some localized flooding.
As of 1400 CDT 9/22 Port Arthur, Beaumont, Sabine, and Lake Charles have come out of condition ZULU and all waterways in these areas are open to traffic.
Houston and the ICW to just west of Colorado Locks have reopened as of 0900 CDT 9/23. The Ports of Houston, Texas City, and Galveston are open, subject to a metered opening of the channel to traffic being managed by VTS Houston/Galveston. The WC remains closed from Rockport, TX to Colorado Locks (WC 520 - 442) pending test tow runs which are currently underway.
ACBL is assessing fleets and barges with the goal to resume operations as soon as permitted/possible.
2020 Illinois River Closure - Closures for repairs at various Locks on the Illinois River have begun and will last until the end of October 2020
The recent flood event on the Illinois has NOT impacted the start date to the extensive lock work on the Illinois River. Lock closures begin July 1st and the river is not scheduled to fully reopen until November 1st. Final dates for loading and unloading barges above the closure are rapidly approaching over the coming days. See the below links for details regarding this highly impactful event.
Today's Key Issues
Lock and Dam 52 (OR939) - Ohio River will be closed at Lock 52 today (Sept. 23) from 1000 to 1400 CT for blasting.
2020 60 day Closure at Industrial Lock (LM 93) - USACE and GICA have established an alternate route during a 60-day closure at INHC Locks in NOLA, which began on September 4th and is scheduled to end November 3rd. USCG has advised that repairs to the St. Claude Bridge requiring no vessel traffic 24hrs per day will coincide with this closure, but are not scheduled to complete until November 3rd. Further details can be found on our 2020 Industrial Lock Closure page.
John T. Myers Locks and Dam (OR846) : Main Chamber will now be closed through September 23rd.
Emsworth Lock and Dam (OR 6) - Main chamber will be closed starting August 31 at 0600 thru November 14, 2020. Auxiliary chamber will be open .... delays expected.
Nickajack (TR 425) - Complete closure to repair gates from 0600-1800 daily, important info - this lock cannot lock at night. Closure is scheduled from 9/15 to 10/1.
The Corps has pushed back the opening of Lagrange Lock from 9/30 until 10/13 - The door was also left open for it to go the entire 120 days and complete on 10/29. This is a result of work they were not able to complete in the Spring due to the water being over the walls of the lock.
L&I Railroad Bridge (OR 604) repairs in October - Please note that significant delays will take place on the Ohio River. Total river closures between 10/15 thru 10/20 and from 11/4 thru 11/9.
Gulf and Canals Weather Update - Heavy rain impacting a majority of the region this week, caused partially by Tropical Storm Beta along the Texas coast. Expect minimal opportunity through Friday, 9/25, for crossing bays and sounds on the Canals, including the alternate route providing access from NOLA to the East Canal/Mobile.