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Federal government shutdown enters third day

Some services locally won't be affected. In other cases, it's too soon to tell.

Posted: Jan 21, 2018 11:31 PM
Updated: Jan 21, 2018 11:40 PM

AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) - In 2013, a federal government shutdown temporarily closed the boat ramp on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in Amory.

So far, the 2018 government shutdown has had no effect on that same boat ramp.  Then again, the current government shutdown goes into its third day Monday.

Amory boat ramp on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway was open Sunday during the government shutdown. That same boat ramp was closed during the 2013 shutdown (Craig Ford)

For the moment, it doesn't seem the shutdown is having a big impact locally.  Mail will still be delivered.  Air traffic controllers will remain on the job at local airports.  Federal courthouses will still open.

However, there is still some uncertainty.  For example, Columbus Air Force Base officials say it is too early to know what the full effect the current shutdown will have on the base.  Employees will still arrive at work Monday morning.

The 2013 shutdown led to more than 200 civilian base employees being furloughed and the base commissary closing.

And as for the Tenn-Tom Waterway, there is no clear indication yet how it will be affected if at all.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it expects to have a better idea Monday.

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