American Currents

ACBL’s Daily River Conditions

Updated Thursday, May 13, 2021

Today’s Key Issues

  • Lower Miss Closure at Memphis – Tuesday night 5/11, the I-40 bridge in Memphis (LM 736) closed to road and river transit. This has the potential to be a multi-day closure with major impact to the river system. Routine inspection found a significant breakdown to load bearing structure. As of Thursday evening, surveyors and engineers are awaiting results late Friday of further testing which will determine the ability to resume river navigation. Industry remains awaiting further details. Queue is currently 28 SBD, 26 NBD as of 1700 5/13.
  • Smith’s Bay on the Upper Miss (UM 530) – River Open back up last night.
  • Cheatham Locks and Dam (CR 149) – Starting an 11 day full closure on 5-10-21. Intermittent closures for repair will run through 7-15-21.
  • Chickamauga Lock and Dam (TR 471) FULL closure from 5-3-21 to 5-24-21 for a full electrical rehab on the lock operating system.
  • Wilson Locks and Dam (TR 259)Main Chamber resumed locking on 5-12-21 around 2000.
  • High Water Outlook in the Gulf – There has been some improvement with the river stage forecasts. We expect to crest around 12′ on the Carrolton gauge for approx. 5-10 days starting 5/15. Baton Rouge not expected to exceed 35′. Expect fleet surcharges, as well as fleet restrictions to go into effect. We remain seeing 14-20% tow size restrictions and boat-by-boat daylight restrictions at Vicksburg and Baton Rouge.
  • Bayou Sorrel Closure – Bayou Sorrel Lock (PA 37) has closed to transit due to high water as of Tuesday PM, 5/11. Expect up to a week closure until the water recedes due to recent storms. Traffic will redirect through Algiers, driving delays there.
  • Algiers Lock Delays -Traffic and ongoing tow size restrictions remain driving 2+ days of delay at Algiers (West Canal). These conditions continue to contribute to multiple days of delay to shipments between the Lower Miss and West Canal. Prolonged closure at Bayou Sorrel will extend these delays.
  • Gulf and Canals Weather Update – Good operating conditions forecast through the weekend, ahead of more rain systems next week.

HIGH WATER OUTLOOK

See below for current forecasts of the Baton Rouge and New Orleans Gauges. There has been some improvement with the river stage forecasts. We expect to crest around 12′ on the Carrolton gauge for approx. 5-10 days starting 5/15. Baton Rouge not expected to exceed 35′. We remain seeing 14-20% tow size restrictions and boat-by-boat daylight restrictions at Vicksburg and Baton Rouge.

Expect fleet surcharges, as well as fleet restrictions to go into effect. As a reminder, ACBL High Water provisions begin when the Baton Rouge gauge is 35′ and above, while ACBL Gulf Fleet surcharges begin when the New Orleans (Carrolton) gauge is 12′ and above

Baton Rouge Gauge Forecast

New Orleans (Carrolton) Gauge Forecast


River Closure & Restricted Movements


Weather Information


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