The rise and fall of river water levels is a constant, impacted by flooding and drought. It’s something those who work on or around the river contend with on a regular basis. This year, rivers throughout the Midwest region are experiencing record low water levels and natural relief through the winter may be minimal. As water levels drop, the channels in which ships and barges travel shrink in width and depth, creating difficulties for shipping commerce. The U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers and shipping industries are working together to adapt to the pressure of keeping the Mississippi River open for commerce and the public.
The Coast Guard has a proud tradition of preserving life in even the most adverse conditions and stood ready to continue that tradition in the wake of Sandy. Coast Guard helicopter crews were busy responding to multiple requests to rescue people who were trapped in their homes in the wake of the storm. Coast Guard aircrews were sent from both air stations Atlantic City and Cape Cod to provide search and rescue response.
Since April, Coast Guard men and women have deployed in support of Federal, state and local agencies throughout the Midwest and southern United States in response to record floodwaters along the entire Mississippi River system. Dedicated units, including disaster area [...]
A barge explosion in Corpus Christi, Texas yesterday has translated into a busy couple of days for the Coast Guard. Investigators and inspectors are trying to figure out just what caused the explosion aboard the crude oil barge and to [...]