UPDATE: One Barge Salvaged from Potomac, Other Remains Stuck

UPDATE, May 12 at 2:46 p.m.:

A contractor pulled one of two construction barges—which broke loose May 7 and 8—out of the Potomac River according to the National Park Service on Facebook. The other barge remains stuck on Dam 3 while the contractor is on site monitoring its activity.

The contractor is also planning to recover equipment in coordination with the Maryland Department of Environment, according to the National Park Service.

Original Post:

Two construction barges broke loose in the Potomac River and floated to the Harper’s Ferry, W.Va. area Sunday, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter.

The sheriff’s office also tweeted its concern for bridges in the surrounding area but all bridges between Loudoun County and Maryland remained open.

Bystanders uploaded pictures and videos, which feature one barge getting stuck on a dam just before Harper’s Ferry, to social media

Drone footage by Elizabeth Ricketts on Facebook show the barge carrying construction items like an excavator.

The second barge got stuck in Shepherdstown, W.Va. below Dam 4, according to WTOP.



Photo credit Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Park Service on Facebook.

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