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  • 1. RunawayBargesDamageMarseilles LockandDamDuring2013Record FloodingontheIllinoisRiver KennethR.Olson,SoilScientist,NRES,ACES,University ofIllinoisand LoisWrightMorton,DepartmentofSociology,Iowa StateUniversity
  • 2. BargeaccidentatMarseilleslockand dam OnApril19,2013,thecurrentsandwindsand recordfloodlevelsontheMarseillespoolwas sufficienttocause7bargestobreakfreeand crashintotheMarseilleslockanddamwith3 bargessinking. Bargesimpededtheflowandwaterand apparentlycontributedtothefloodwaters backingupformanymilesandfloodedthe townofMarseilles,Illinois.
  • 3. FloodinginMarseilles Approximately1500residentswereevacuated fromthelowlyingareas.Morethan3ft.of floodwatersurrounded200homesand buildingstructuresanddestroyedatleast24 homes. Manyotherbuildingrequiredsubstantial repairsandthediscardingofmanyappliances andhouseholdfurnishings.
  • 4. Reliefresponse Therewasanimmediateandsubstantial federaldisasterreliefresponseincluding FEMA,LutheranEarlyResponseandRUBICO teamworkers. Damageswereinthemillionsofdollarsand manyresidentsandreliefworkerswere housedinareahotelsforweeks.
  • 5. Reliefworkersandcleanup Hundredofrelieveworker,includingFEMA, LutheranEarlyResponseandRIBICONteams, aidedresidents,helpedremovethedamaged appliancesandhouseholditemsorinspectedthe propertiestoassesstheextentofthedamage. Theresponseteamshelpedclearoutflooding debris,damagedappliancesandfurniture, removedwalls,floodingandcabinetryandeven treatthehousesformold.
  • 6. Reliefworkersandcleanup Dumpstersandportapottieswerebroughtin forusebysomeresidentsandbyrelief workers. Thedamagesapplianceswereplacedouton thestreets,placedindumpstersorhauledtoa publicparkinglotwherereliefworkerssorted damagedpropertyintocategoriesanhauled thedamagedhouseholditemsaway.
  • 7. Agriculturalandparklandimpacts Thebargeaccidentand2013floodingof Marseillesdidlittledamagetoagriculturalbut diddamageparklands. Thegreatestagriculturalimpactwasthe suspensionoftheshippingoffertilizersand grains.
  • 8. AncientMississippiRiverchannelis partiallyusedbyIllinoisRiver ThelowerIllinoisRiverrunsthroughthe ancientMississippiRiverValleyandtowards St.Louis,Missouri. HistoricallytheancientMississippiRiver enteredIllinoissouthofDavenport,Iowaand flowedeastintothevalleywherethe Hennepincanalislocated.
  • 9. Locksanddamsontheriversthatare inorborderIllinois Thelocationofthe8licksanddamsonthe IllinoisRiverareshowninfigure26. A9ft.deepshippingchannelismaintained betweenChicagoandtheMississippiRiver. The16Mississippiand5OhioRiverlockand damsthatbordersIllinoisareshowninfigure 26.
  • 10. FloodingontheIllinoisRiver FloodingpeaklevelontheIllinoisRiverin springof2013wasthehighestinthelast70 years. Therecordfloodinglevelraisedthepoollevels behindthe8locksanddamsalongtheIllinois Riverandmadeitdifficulttosecurethe bargesbeingmovedintheshippingchannel oranchoredalongthechannel.
  • 11. Marseilleslockanddamaccident Threeofthe7bargessunkinfrontofthegates andtheother4bargesblockedtheoperationon thegatesandapparentlyreducedtheflowofthe floodwatersonApril19,2013. Asaresultadditionalfloodwatersbackedupin theMarseillespool,toppedtheriverbankwithor withoutalowleveeprotectionandfloodedthe bottomlandswithalluvialsoilsinthetownof Marseilles.
  • 12. BargeRemovalbyUSACE The4bargesthatwerestillfloatingwere removedwithinafewdaysoftheaccident. Thesunkenbargeswereremovedbythe cranesaftertheMarseillespoolwaslowered forthelockrepairs. SalvageoperationswereledbyUnified Commandandcontinuedforweeksafterthe bargeaccidentonApril19,2013.
  • 13. BargeRemovalbyUSACE AnadditionalcranewasbroughtinonApril 26th tooffloadcargofromthesunkenbarges. Theremovedcargowasplacedinareceiver bargeduringthenext2days. Afterenoughofthecargowasunloadedthe bargeswererefloatedandremoved.
  • 14. FloodingofMarseilles ThefloodwatersinMarseillesflowedwestinto theolddiversionchannelpreviouslyusedto powerthemills,aroundpublicbuildingsand thenbackintotheIllinoisRiverwestofthe Marseilleslockanddam.
  • 15. FloodingdamagesinMarseilles Morethan200homes,aschool,andpublic buildings,sidewalksandroadswereflood damaged.Thefloodwatersreacheddepthsof 3ft.inmanybuildingsandthelower1/3of thewallshadtoberemovedandreplaced.
  • 16. FloodingofMarseillesElementary School TheMarseillesElementaryDistrict150,whichserves 632students,suedtheIngramBargeCompanyfor$6.4 millionindamages. ByJune30,2013,40Marseillespropertyownersfiled claimsagainstIngramwithmoreclaimsexpected. TheschoolclaimwasfiledintheChicagofederalcourt andlawyersarguedtheNashville basedcompany breacheditdutytosafelysecurethebargesandisa faultformassivefloodingofthecityandthe elementaryschool.
  • 17. FloodingofMarseillesElementary School Thedamagestoschoolwasmostlycoveredby insurancefromIllinoisSchoolDistrictAgency, throughaselfinsuredpoolofseveralschool districts,exceptfor$834,000deductible. LawsuitclaimsIngramhaddutytooperate itsvesselssafelyandtosecureitsbarges undertowtopreventagainstabreakaway.
  • 18. LockandDamrepairs TheUSACEcreatedatemporaryrockdikedam duringthe4weeksaftertheaccident(figures 37to44)topermitrepairstothe3most severelydamagegates. Thetemporarydamincludedaseriesof culvertstoreleasewaterfromthepond betweenthelockanddamstructureandthe temporarydike.
  • 19. LockandDamrepairs. TheMarseillespoolwasbeingloweredwhen anotherstormsysteminlateMayandearly June(2013)floodedthewatershedandraised thedischargeratethroughthe4opengates.
  • 20. Conclusions Floodingwasaresultofrecordhighpeakflow ontheIllinoisRiverandasaresultofthe7 runawayIngrambargesthatcrashedintothe Marseilleslockanddam. TheUSACEisstillassessingwhetherthebarge accidentcausedorenhancedthefloodingin Marseilles.