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Sediment halting at least 12 Mississippi River barges

WINONA, MN (WTAQ) - At least a dozen barges and their expensive cargo are tied up in the Mississippi River north of Winona Minnesota.

That's because sediment from recent flooding washed into the river, and it created numerous sandbars.

Tugboat captain Delbert Pemberton tells KTTC-TV of Rochester Minnesota he's never seen such a tie-up.

Observers said at least 9 tow-boats are being delayed north of Nelson in Buffalo County, and a few are stuck near Winona.

Mitch Serjogins of the Army Corps' Lock and Dam Number 4 at Alma says nothing's getting through there. He said the barges suddenly faced conditions with high water and then low water -- and they're not making it through the channels.

Pemberton says dredging will solve the problem, but it could take a week before his own barges and up and running again. He said he could not imagine the damages, as barge employees get paid while being stranded -- while businesses wait for the cargo that's been halted.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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