barge stuck on Alabama dam, so flooding from Mississippi Yards | Alabama News
COLUMBUS, Mississippi (AP) – A barge is stuck against a dam in Alabama, causing construction sites to flood in Mississippi, officials said.
The barge cannot be pulled out of the Tom Bevill Lock and Dam in Aliceville, Ala. Until the water drops, Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency director Cindy said. Lawrence, at The Dispatch.
The barge partially sank and got stuck against the dam around 3 a.m. on Saturday, said Kellis Higginbotham, lock supervisor at Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus, Mississippi.
He said he got loose from his moorings at the mouth of Luxapallila Creek and floated on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.
This restricts the flow of two of the dam’s four gates, increasing water levels along the waterway between the two dams, he said. Columbus is approximately 30 miles north-northwest of Aliceville.
Heavy rains north of Columbus had prompted residents of a street with 9-foot (2.7-meter) stilt houses to prepare for flooding, move tractors and other equipment to storage, and put their pets in kennels.
Angie Beatty, who had moved many items from her garage to her second-story patio, said she thought the waterway peaked when she went to bed on Friday.
“We would have been fine and no one would have had a problem then this barge,” Beatty said on Saturday morning, as water seeped down her driveway and pooled in parts of her front and side yard.
The Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency alerted the media on Saturday morning and dispatched people to warn residents of the rising waters. No rescue was necessary, said Lowndes County Volunteer Fire Coordinator Neal Austin.
“I know there were a lot of neighbors helping neighbors move things to higher ground,” he said.
Rains flooded streets in other parts of Lowndes County Thursday evening and Friday.
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