Barge collision reported in Iberville Parish

Minor barge collision
Minor barge collision(Iberville Parish Sheriff)
Published: Sep. 17, 2022 at 12:00 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2022 at 7:25 PM CDT
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IBERVILLE PARISH, La. (WAFB) - The Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office says a barge collision was reported in the Intracoastal Waterway near Jack Miller’s Saturday morning.

One of the barges is carrying a heavy fuel oil, according to emergency officials. However, they do not believe the barge is leaking.

Emergency officials say the water intake near Jack Miller’s was shut off out of an abundance of caution. They were asking residents to conserve water usage.

According to the U.S Coast Guard, third-party contractors have inspected the vessel and determined that no material has left the barge. Officials added that there are no signs of an environmental hazard.

Officials say another barge was on the way to off-load the material. The process was expected to take place first thing Sunday morning.

The Coast Guard also says the waterway was closed at a mile marker of 43.5 to all vessel traffic.

As of now the water supply is safe, and no injuries or pollution have been reported, officials added.

This is a developing story. Check back later for more details.

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