MUSKOGEE COUNTY, OK. (THECOUNT) — Four more barges in the Arkansas River in Muskogee County, Oklahoma, have broken loose from their moorings and the Governor’s Office is actively monitoring the situation right now which is reportedly “stalled.”
The owner of the new barges is the same owner of the barges that hit Webbers Falls Lock and Dam 16 Thursday.
A spokesperson for Governor Kevin Stitt released the following statement:
“The owners are actively working to slow down the movement of these four barges and secure their assets. The state will continue to monitor the barges and remain engaged until the situation is resolved,” reports 5NEWSOnline.
I’m told the owner has been working closely throughout the day with various levels of government. They say these ports are engineered to face these types of incidences, but the state is not going to take any risks with this.
Their first goal is securing the barges, and the Governors Office is “actively putting together several other options to ensure the security and safety of the area.”
As of right now, 9:00 p.m. Friday, May 24, the exact location of the barges is unknown. Officials say they will reconvene in the morning unless there’s been a change in the current measures securing the barges.
Geo quick facts: Muskogee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of the 2010 census, the population was 70,990. The county seat is Muskogee. The county and city were named for the Muscogee Nation. The official spelling of the name was changed to Muskogee by the post office in 1900 – Wikipedia.