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Two barges on the swollen Arkansas River in Oklahoma broke free and slammed into a dam, quickly sinking under the force of the rushing water. Officials have evacuated homes in the area due to flooding.
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The barges were carrying fertilizer. I-40 was evidently closed while the two barges were loose. After they hit the dam, I-40 was reopened. [NewsOn6-23]
This news report explained that years ago barge traffic took out a pillar and some spans of I-40 and there were fatalities. That explains why they now shut down the bridge if barges are loose.
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As the barges were floating downriver, evidently the news outlets were going nus about whether or not they would break the dam. And then they were so relieved when the dam was still standing after the barges hit. The foundations are built to withstand the pressure of the water when the gates are closed. Odds are, they are going to survive. But, as with the Marseilles Dam, the gates are another matter. Since these gates were all the way up, I expect they won't find any damage after they are inspected.
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[All of Webbers Falls. OK, is flooded and could be for several weeks.]