Notice to Navigators: Upper Mississippi River

RIAC:  Mel Price Lower Gates Won't Close


Mel Price has debris in the lower leaf gates that is preventing them from mitering and closing completely. They worked most of the night to clear it but were unsuccessful. On a break now, starting up again at daylight. If anyone has a light boat nearby it could be useful to help flush the gates. In case they aren’t successful in the first hours after daylight they are working on getting a diver to assist. One SB tow in the queue.


The MV Prairie Dawn is tying off their tow on another tow below the lock and will go up to Mel Price to assist.


Bernie Heroff
Port Captain Navigation/Training
ARTCo – Ag Services and Oilseeds
American River Transportation Co., LLC
P.O. Box 2889
Saint Louis, MO 63111
t 314 481 8828 / m 314 803 4644