Traffic On Ohio River Halted

Commercial barge traffic on the Ohio River and tributaries has been halted because of flooding and closed locks.

Jerry Knapper, assistant vice president of Ingram Barge, told The Paducah Sun his company’s operations are halted in western Kentucky because locks are closed on the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers.

Knapper says the Smithland Lock on the Ohio, the Kentucky Lake Lock on the Tennessee and the Lake Barkley Lock on the Cumberland are all closed to help control flooding downstream on the Mississippi River.

River transportation companies are working together to determine priorities for lock use when the facilities reopen.

Emmett Neal of Paducah-based Crounce Corp. says considerations include critical need for the shipments, the number of jobs affected, public demand and the size of the tow.