ALICEVILLE, Ala. (WTVA) - Towboats are coming to remove the barge that struck the Tom Bevill spillway during the weekend.
The information came during a phone call with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday.
Barge struck Tom Bevill spillway near Aliceville, Alabama, Photo Date: June 15, 2021.
Stennis Lock & Dam in Columbus, Mississippi, on June 10, 2021.
The Corps hopes to begin the removal process on Wednesday.
In the meantime, the Corps is asking the public to stay off the Bevill pool until the barge is removed.
During the weekend, a barge broke free from its mooring near Columbus, Mississippi.
The runaway barge drifted downriver and struck the Bevill spillway. As a result, the Corps closed the Bevill lock.
Justin Murphree is the operations project manager for the Tenn-Tom Waterway.
While they wait for the towboats, he said the group is working to split the barge in two to hopefully free the gateway.
“If we can just get it to continue tearing in half, so part of the barge can go through the gate, then we’d be in the clear,” he said.
Several days prior, a similar situation happened at the Stennis spillway in Columbus, Mississippi. That barge sank after the collision. It remains underwater.
However, the Corps reopened the Stennis lock on Monday.