Tenn-Tom Waterway reopens

The Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway reopened after being shut down for several weeks due to flooding and heavy rains.

Posted: May 23, 2019 7:00 PM
Updated: May 24, 2019 9:18 AM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway reopened after being shut down for several weeks due to flooding and heavy rains.

Justin Murphree, Operations Manager for the Army Corps of Engineers, said they worked for weeks to get traffic flowing again. 

Severe weather in recent months caused a rush of water to flow down the river. Once the water levels went back to normal, it left sediments in some areas and formed sand bars, which blocked the channels.

The waterway shutdown affected businesses that ship their cargo. Murphree said they had to pay more money, find alternative methods to ship their products or was delayed until the waterway reopened.

Mitch Mays, Administrator for the Tenn-Tom Waterway Port Authority, said the Aberdeen port received the worst of the storms.

The Army Corps of Engineers worked on a temporary channel in Aberdeen and opened it on Tuesday evening.

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