GROSSE TETE, La. (AP) - State highway officials have closed the La. Highway 77 bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway after a barge slammed into the bridge over the weekend. Rodney Mallett with Department of Transportation and Development tells The Advocate there is no timeline to reopen the bridge. He says... more »
Roughly 45 Acadiana farmers are filing a lawsuit against a barge company for damaging the Leland Bowman locks in the Mermentau Basin. They are claiming that the damaged locks are letting too much saltwater into their farmland and hurting agriculture.
Crawfish, rice and cattle are all in jeopardy this... more »
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Chef Menteur Pass bridge in New Orleans is closed after a barge hit the structure Wednesday. The Coast Guard says a cement barge being towed by the Shannan C and Portier I struck the bridge about 11:15 a.m. The accident has closed the waterway indefinitely... more »
Farmers in western Vermilion Parish are bracing for saltwater intrusion, which could threaten crawfish and rice yields in the months ahead. The intrusion is expected because of damage at the Leland Bowman Lock outside of Intracoastal City, which was hit by a barge on September 30th.
"It's not too... more »
It's been plaguing St. Mary Parish for over a year now, a two thousand ton barge stuck in the middle of the Charenton Navigational Canal. But Thursday the barge is finally on its way out.
"It's been 15 months and 12 days since this barge has been in this... more »
What was supposed to be a temporary fix to hold back fold waters in St. Martin and St. Mary Parish may become permanent. Parish officials want the Bayou Chene barge to stay put.
St. Martin Parish President, Guy Cormier, said, "I would venture to say 75 to 80 percent... more »
It's been almost a year since an oil rig barge capsized in the Charenton Canal in St. Mary Parish, and today it's still there. Now parish and state leaders say they're fed up with the problem.
The enormous 2,000 ton vessel has sat on it's side right in the... more »
Salvage Operations on the partially sunken Drilling Barge in the Charenton Navigation Canal will begin at 1830 hours on Wednesday July 7, 2010 and continue until Sunday Morning July 11, at 0630 hrs. That means that NO VESSELS (Commercial or Sportsmen) WILL BE ALLOWED TO PASS THAT AREA. The... more »