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Boaters urged to avoid area; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dam 52 deterioration continues

Published Sept. 1, 2017

For Immediate Release:

Sept.1, 2017

Boaters urged to avoid area; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dam 52 deterioration continues

LOUISVILLE, KY.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dam 52, Brookport, Ill. on the lower Ohio River is deteriorating, and will be raised with low water conditions. This has created a hazardous situation at this location, and boaters should avoid the area. The Army Corps of Engineers wants to remind anyone that operates a boat in the local area to practice safe boating and keep away from the area around Locks and Dam 52. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers typically raises a wicket style dam at mile marker 938.9 on the lower Ohio River when the river is low. This dam is located between the I-24 bridge (located on the south side) and Irvin Cobb Bridge-HWY 45 (blue bridge located on the north side).  The dam is very difficult to see when boaters are heading down river and has strong currents associated with its operation. Warning buoys are installed on the upstream end and a danger sign is located on the pier in the middle of the river channel. 

-          Boaters need to know the area they are operating in and have proper safety equipment onboard  

-          Don't overload boats

-          Wear a life jacket

-          Stay clear of all vessels, towboats and barges as they may have difficulty seeing boaters and these vessels cannot stop very quickly

Please exercise caution when operating in this and all other locations on the river during this time.  The Army Corps of Engineers continues to coordinate with industry and stakeholders and will communicate information as it becomes available.

For more information on current dam conditions and locking procedures call the locks at 618-309-2487.

 

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Contact
Carol Labashosky
502-315-6769
carol.j.labashosky@usace.army.mil

Release no. 17-010

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Boaters urged to avoid area; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dam 52 deterioration continues

Published Sept. 1, 2017

For Immediate Release:

Sept.1, 2017

Boaters urged to avoid area; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dam 52 deterioration continues

LOUISVILLE, KY.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dam 52, Brookport, Ill. on the lower Ohio River is deteriorating, and will be raised with low water conditions. This has created a hazardous situation at this location, and boaters should avoid the area. The Army Corps of Engineers wants to remind anyone that operates a boat in the local area to practice safe boating and keep away from the area around Locks and Dam 52. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers typically raises a wicket style dam at mile marker 938.9 on the lower Ohio River when the river is low. This dam is located between the I-24 bridge (located on the south side) and Irvin Cobb Bridge-HWY 45 (blue bridge located on the north side).  The dam is very difficult to see when boaters are heading down river and has strong currents associated with its operation. Warning buoys are installed on the upstream end and a danger sign is located on the pier in the middle of the river channel. 

-          Boaters need to know the area they are operating in and have proper safety equipment onboard  

-          Don't overload boats

-          Wear a life jacket

-          Stay clear of all vessels, towboats and barges as they may have difficulty seeing boaters and these vessels cannot stop very quickly

Please exercise caution when operating in this and all other locations on the river during this time.  The Army Corps of Engineers continues to coordinate with industry and stakeholders and will communicate information as it becomes available.

For more information on current dam conditions and locking procedures call the locks at 618-309-2487.

 

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Contact
Carol Labashosky
502-315-6769
carol.j.labashosky@usace.army.mil

Release no. 17-010