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Mobile District on Scene Assessing the Stennis Lock Site

USACE, Mobile
Published June 10, 2021

MOBILE, Ala. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District (USACE) has temporarily closed the John C. Stennis Lock (Mile 334.7) on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway due to high water levels and a runaway barge striking the spillway.


Mobile District personnel are currently on site assessing the incident.


“The John C. Stennis Lock was not struck during the incident and is operational,” said Nelson Sanchez, Chief of Operations Division for the Mobile District. “However, with water levels elevated due to recent rainfall, the lock is closed to navigation and we are continuing to monitor the situation with our Water Management Division and do not foresee a long term interruption of commercial navigation.”


For further information as assessment and mitigation at the Stennis Lock location continues, please follow our Mobile District Navigation Bulletins at or for more information regarding Navigation Bulletins, please send your request to  




With an area of operation across Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and northern Florida, and a vast military region that includes operations across Central and South America, the Mobile District’s award-winning teams of engineering, construction, regulatory and emergency management professionals are nationally recognized for their leadership in delivery of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works and military programs missions to the Nation.




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