POINTE A LA HACHE, LA (WVUE) - The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened a portion of a 3 mile stretch of the Mississippi River, near Plaquemines Parish.
According to the Coast Guard, the river has reopened to one-way traffic, from mile marker 50 to mile marker 52, near West Point a la Hache.
Crews say, vessels that plan to transit the area should contact the tow vessel, Kyle Joseph, to make transit arrangements.
The Coast Guard closed the Mississippi River in the area on Tuesday, after 22 barges broke loose. The runaway barges damaged 3 deep draft vessels.
The ships, Q Jake, Serena P and Ocean Tomo were damaged after barges that broke away collided with them. Dry-bulk soy beans from one of the vessels spilled into the river and the release has since been secured.
The 3 ships are now safely anchored.
All 22 barges were loaded with coal and petroleum coke, a coal like substance. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, all of the barges have been accounted for and secured except one that is pushed up against a river bank.
The incident remains under investigation.