Damaged barge removed from Tenn-Tom Waterway lock in Tishomingo County

MEMA provided this picture on Sept. 11.

Crews are still working to clean up any spilled oil at the Jamie Whitten Lock in Tishomingo County.

Posted: Sep 16, 2019 3:00 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2019 3:05 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Crews have removed the damaged barge from the Jamie Whitten Lock in Tishomingo County.

The barge spilled crude oil on Sept. 8, forcing the immediate closure of the lock.

Crews managed to contain the spilled oil at the Jamie Whitten Lock.

The barge remained in the lock while cleanup ensued.

Lt. David Schneider of the U.S. Coast Guard said crews are still cleaning the entire lock and are removing the barge’s cargo.

The lock is still closed as of Monday afternoon.

Schneider said the barge will be transported to New Orleans, Louisiana, for repair.

It’s unknown when the lock will reopen.

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