March 15, 2019 | WSAU
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Mississippi River Closed Near Baton Rouge After Towboat Sinks

Coast Guard declined to project how long the river would remain closed

Mississippi River Closed Near Baton Rouge After Towboat Sinks
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The U.S. Coast Guard closed the Mississippi River to all vessel traffic on Thursday near Baton Rouge, LA, after a towboat sank in the major commodity shipping waterway, reports WSAU.

The river was closed from mile marker 224.5 to 226 while a Coast Guard team monitors the water for any signs of pollution and an Army Corps of Engineers crew searches for the sunken towboat.

The Coast Guard declined to project how long the river would remain closed, according to a spokesman.

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