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USACE, Mobile District
Published June 14, 2021

MOBILE, Ala. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District (USACE) has temporarily closed the Tom Bevill Lock on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, due to a runaway barge striking the spillway and blocking flow from the gates in the early hours of Saturday, June 12.

Mobile District personnel remain on site assessing the incident, with salvage personnel on their way to the Bevill Lock to remove the barge when the pool has receded to a safe operating water level.

“Similar to the barge incident at Stennis, the Tom Bevill Lock is currently closed due to a runaway barge hitting the spillway and blocking flow from the gates,” said Nelson Sanchez, Chief of Operations Division for the Mobile District. “Salvage vessels are in route to Bevill to assist with removal of the barge once water levels recede to a safe operating level. The forecast shows favorable conditions and water levels should continue to recede.”

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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Release no. 21-008