ACBL’s Daily River Conditions
Updated Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Today’s Key Issues
- Arkansas River Reopened– Movement on the Arkansas resumed 5/4 after a 4-day closure due to High Flows. Tow-size remains at 6 barges, or 50% of normal operation. Expect conditions to improve by mid-May, but it will depend on forecasted weather.
- Ohio River Closure 5/5 – The Ohio will be CLOSED at mile 490-492 from 0800 – 1700 today, May 5 for power line work.
- Chickamauga Lock and Dam (TR 471) – FULL closure from 5-3-21 to 5-24-21 for a full electrical rehab on the lock operating system.
- Wilson Locks and Dam (TR 259) – Main Chamber CLOSED for repairs from 5-4-21 to 5-14-21. Auxiliary chamber will be used during this time, expect 6-12 Hrs delay.
- High Water Outlook in the Gulf – Expect the current recovery from High Water restrictions to be short lived in the Gulf and on the Lower Miss. The forecasts show us above 12′ in New Orleans on 5/12 and a resumption of Fleet High Water Surcharges. We are currently seeing 14-20% tow size restrictions and boat-by-boat daylight restrictions at Vicksburg. Further precipitation would drive us back into flood stage conditions late May. As a reminder, ACBL High Water provisions begin when the Baton Rouge gauge is 35′ and above, while ACBL Gulf Fleet surcharges begin when the New Orleans (Carrolton) gauge is 12′ and above
- Algiers and Industrial Lock Delays – Industrial (East Canal) continues to see delays of 20-30 hrs due to traffic. Traffic diverted from the Port Allen route, and ongoing tow size restrictions remain driving 3+ days of delay at Algiers (West Canal). These conditions continue to drive a week or more delay to shipments between the Lower Miss and West Canal.
- Gulf and Canals Weather Update – Severe storms moving through NOLA and the region today, 5/5. Expect delays to barging operations and transit on the Canals. Once this system blows through expect good operating conditions through the weekend, with a chance for fog overnight.
HIGH WATER OUTLOOK
See below for current forecasts of the Baton Rouge and New Orleans Gauges. We are watching these gauge forecasts intently, as the long-range currently shows us back into firm restrictions mid-May. Currently seeing boat-by-boat daylight restrictions at Vicksburg and 14-20% sustained reduction in tow sizes on the Lower Miss.
The below would indicate New Orleans to move above 12′ on 5/12, which enacts further restrictions to Shuttle Boat tow size and on fleeting. As a reminder, ACBL High Water provisions begin when the Baton Rouge gauge is 35′ and above, while ACBL Gulf Fleet surcharges begin when the New Orleans (Carrolton) gauge is 12′ and above
Baton Rouge Gauge Forecast
New Orleans (Carrolton) Gauge Forecast