American Currents

ACBL’s Daily River Conditions

Updated Wednesday, May 12, 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 issue to load bearing structure. As of Wednesday morning, engineers and surveyors are on-site making evaluations. Expect an update late Wednesday.
  • Smith’s Bay on the Upper Miss (UM 530) – River is OPEN, but extreme caution is advised due to heavy shoaling. The USACE will be dredging the area starting this evening. Test tows could try to transit the area as early as 5-12-21 in the afternoon.
  • 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 CLOSED for repairs from 5-4-21 to 5-14-21. Auxiliary chamber will be used during this time, expect 6-12 Hrs delay.
  • 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 a multiple day 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 1+ 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 – Storms moving out of the area Wednesday, 5/12, leading to good operating conditions through the weekend. Residual winds will delay transit on the Canals through Thursday 5/13.

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


Additional Information