Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Three news items

As if folks on the lower Ohio didn't have enough to deal with in March and April, it looks like the river will crest above flood stage this week. Check the last paragraph.


Here is one of the most detailed accounts of a coal barge striking a bridge pier that I've read in a daily newspaper in a long, long time.


Not that there would have been much doubt, as construction on the power plant at the Meldahl Locks and Dam has started, but the power line connecting the plant to the grid has been approved by the appropirate Ohio agency.

Two boats on a Sunday

By the time I got to the mouth of the Kanawha River on Sunday afternoon, the M/V Mary Harter had already backed out and was pushing against the current to go upriver.

The Harter had to stay over against the West Virginia bank until the Lilli Marlene of O-Kan Marine Repair had passed. The Lilli Marlene had the oddest tow I've seen in a while -- six wide and two long.

Perhaps this is the place I'm supposed to say I should bill the world's largest retailer for using a photo of one of its trucks on my blog, but I won't.