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Transportation Networks Continue Recovery from Ida

Barge operators are focused on surveying and clearing river obstructions

Cargo container ship port VIA PIXABAY feb 2021

The barge, truck, and rail industries have worked to restore service and assess damage following Hurricane Ida.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Coast Guard opened the Lower Mississippi to barge and vessel traffic, with some restrictions.

Barge operators are focused on surveying and clearing river obstructions. At the Port of New Orleans, all terminals — both container and breakbulk — are open.

One grain elevator in Baton Rouge has reopened; however, the remainder of the elevators along the Mississippi River in the New Orleans area remain closed because of ongoing power outages and logistical challenges.

The trucking industry is dealing with tight capacity overall. Additionally, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development reported many movable bridges with significant damage to their electrical systems from flooding.

Class I railroads have restored most main line service.

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