Barge stopped on Ohio River due to high flooding

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - High waters put the brakes on one coal barge headed down the Ohio River Thursday.

"I didn't know that was happening, but I guess it's pretty crazy that they had to wait," Wayne Fedeli said.

As a long time Cincinnatian, Fedeli was shocked to hear the barge was forced to pull over before crossing under the I-75 bridge due to high water and potentially dangerous currents.

"It's pretty surprising," he admitted. "I didn't know that was a problem."

"Yeah, very surprising," agreed Eric Bollmann. "I cross the bridge all the time because I live in Cincinnati I usually look down and see what's down and around there and there's never a barge there."

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the barge will not be moving anytime soon.

"[The Captain's] concern was the relationship of the height of his vessel in relation to the bridge; that he wasn't going to make it and clear so better safe than sorry," Lt. Rob Reinhart with the U.S. Coast Guard shared.

Reinhart says the captain plans to wait until the waters recede before he tries to clear the bridge which he says could take days.

"It could be Tuesday depending what the rain out East is doing so we're waiting to see," Reinhart said.

Even then, floating debris in the water could remain a hazard for all vessels on the water.

"The floods will present new hazards as the waters recede," Reinhart explained. "It will take some of the bigger limbs and put them in the middle of the channel."

"I mean it's pretty bad flooded right now," Fedeli said. "I think it's going to get a lot worse before it's over."

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