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26 Barges Break Loose Near Pittsburgh During Heavy Rain

Two bridges temporarily closed are reopened

(Newser) - Two bridges in the Pittsburgh area were closed late Friday as 26 barges that had broken loose during record rainfall floated uncontrolled down the Ohio River. By Saturday, 17 of the barges had been secured by tugboat and eight others were found pressed against Emsworth Locks and Dams, Campbell Transportation...

Oklahoma Bridge Reopens After Barge Strike

Engineers' inspection clears structure over Arkansas River

(Newser) - An Oklahoma highway was reopened Saturday following its closure for a few hours after a bridge over the Arkansas River was struck by a barge. Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol closed a portion of US Highway 59 south of Sallisaw around 1:25pm after the barge hit the bridge,...

Miss. River Barges Are Getting Stuck at 'Worst Possible Time'

River is nearing record lows in some areas, snarling corn, soybean shipping

(Newser) - The unusually low water level in the lower Mississippi River is causing barges to get stuck in mud and sand, disrupting river travel for shippers, recreational boaters, and even passengers on a cruise line. Lack of rainfall in recent weeks has left the Mississippi River approaching record low levels in...

SF to Google: Move Your 'Mystery Barge'

SF Bay structure 'needs to move,' state says

(Newser) - Google is going to have to start searching for a new site for the " mystery barge " it has had parked in San Francisco Bay for months. Local officials following up on complaints found that neither the city nor the Treasure Island Development Authority had applied for the necessary...

3 Injured in Alabama Barge Explosions

Carnival Triumph evacuated

(Newser) - Multiple explosions aboard two fuel barges near Mobile, Ala., led to a major fire last night that left three people critically injured with burns and created a situation so unstable that fire and rescue officials decided to let the fire burn into the night. The injured people were workers with...

Mississippi River Shut Down After Oil Barge Crash

Investigators not sure how large spill is

(Newser) - Oil spilled into the Mississippi River yesterday when a barge carrying 80,000 gallons of it hit a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, Miss., the AP reports. Investigators don't know how much oil spilled, but a sheen was reported as far as three miles downriver. A second barge owned by...

BP Constructs 'Floating Hotels' for Workers

Living quarters are spartan, but come with soap

(Newser) - BP has built floating hotels—or 'flotels'—to accommodate more than 500 workers hired to clean up the disastrous Gulf spill . Conditions are spartan: Each facility consists of 40-foot-long corrugated steel boxes stacked two high and three wide atop a barge in the Gulf of Mexico. But the military-style quarters...

Find a Second Home Afloat—for Less
 Find a Second Home 
 Afloat—for Less 

Find a Second Home Afloat—for Less

Barges or an ocean condo offer less cost, commitment than owning a yacht

(Newser) - A boat makes a great getaway home, but mooring and maintenance can turn ownership into an expensive hassle. A few alternatives have cropped up that offer the pleasures of sea living without requiring the vacationer to buy in hook, line, and sinker, USA Today reports:
  • The World. The first condo

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