Barge tows hampered by river flooding

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Flooding on the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers is interfering with commercial barge traffic.

Mark Mayfield, general manager of Tennessee Valley Towing in Paducah, told The Paducah Sun tow operators have volunteered to suspend use of the Cumberland River, including Lake Barkley. They also are reducing the size of their tows from 15 barges to 12 barges on the Tennessee River, including Kentucky Lake.

Mayfield also said his company has told crews to run only in daylight, if they think that's necessary.

In Nashville, Tenn., Volunteer Barge and Transport President Mark Hommrich said there is flood damage to the control room at Cheatham Lock and Dam near Ashland City that will hamper barge traffic to Nashville, even after the Cumberland River returns to normal flow.

Information from: The Paducah Sun,

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