Coast Guard works to clear sunken boats and other obstacles in the main waterways of Terrebonne and Lafourche after Hurricane Ida



The Coast Guard is working to remove obstacles to Bayou Lafourche and the Houma navigation channel left by Hurricane Ida.

Parts of both canals, as well as part of the Gulf’s intra-coastal waterway, remain closed due to navigation hazards.

The Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Navy Recovery and Dive Supervisor are working to reopen the waterways.

All waterways are key routes for oil tankers, fishing boats and other maritime traffic in the region.

Following:Repairs underway to the Terrebonne valve damaged by Hurricane Ida

So far, 25 obstructions – mostly from fishing, crew and offshore supply vessels – have been identified in the Bayou Lafourche channel, the coast guard said today.

In addition, the crews removed half of the 30 submerged obstructions identified so far in the Houma navigation channel.

Louisiana National Guard Spc.  Micheal Cotton (left to right) operates a National Guard boat Monday as U.S. Coast Guard Lt. David Schneider inspects shipping hazards and National Guard Lt. Stuart Coles watches for debris on the shipping channel from Houma to Houma.

Coast Guard headquarters in New Orleans oversees a total of 1,082 aids to navigation, of which 384 were damaged by the Category 4 storm. Crews restored 277, or 72 percent.

The Coast Guard works with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to respond to pollution reports.

To date, the Coast Guard says it has assessed 2,259 of the 2,464 pollution reports. Among the reports are:

  • 1,217 reports that have been closed or transferred to the appropriate jurisdictions.,
  • 326 reports where the reports were not verified as there was no evidence of pollution at the site.
  • 602 reports where the Coast Guard actively oversees mitigation efforts that are led by responsible parties.
  • 23 reports are under investigation by the Coast Guard.
U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Tariq Hill, Division Group Supervisor for Rescue Operations, discusses wrecked vessel rescue options with Chief Petty Officer Joanna Morgan, Assistant Safety Officer, at Port Fourchon on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 .

Anyone who sees pollution is encouraged to contact NRC at 1-800-424-8802.

Those with unrequited removal costs or damage resulting from an oil spill in navigable waters may be entitled to compensation from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, the Coast Guard said. Contact 1-800-280-7118 to see if you are eligible for a claim.



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