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Tenn-Tom Waterway still closed in Tishomingo County after oil spill

Updated - The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway is still closed after an oil spill on Sunday.

Posted: Sep 9, 2019 2:58 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2019 3:24 PM

NEW SITE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway remains closed as of Tuesday.

An accident created a hazardous spill at the Jamie Whitten Lock & Dam.

The Jamie Whitten Lock & Dam is located at Bay Springs Lake in Tishomingo County.

The lock is east of New Site in Tishomingo County.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the “vessel accident” happened on Sunday.

The merchant vessel was loaded with two barges of crude oil.

The lock is closed to all traffic until further notice.

The lock and dam are part of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.

The oil is contained inside the lock and the Corps of Engineers said there is no threat outside of the lock area.

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

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