- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MONROE, La. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will work through Thanksgiving to repair a pivotal lock on the upper Ouachita River with the hopes of having the work completed soon.

The News-Star (https://tnsne.ws/1OpXmMw ) reports the Columbia lock on the Ouachita River could be repaired by Dec. 12, allowing Placid Oil to resupply the largest fuel terminal in the region and other upstream commerce to resume.

The lock has been closed since Nov. 7, when Army Corps officials discovered problems with the lock.

Ouachita River Valley Association President Bill Hobgood said Placid officials told him last week the Monroe Terminal in southern Ouachita Parish was already out of unleaded gasoline and had about a five-day supply of diesel fuel remaining. River barges can’t supply the fuel terminal unless the lock is operational.

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Information from: The News-Star, https://www.thenewsstar.com

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