Weather shuts Port of Catoosa for 51 days

Ponca City Now - July 6, 2015 8:58 am

TULSA — Heavy rainfall in northeastern Oklahoma has impacted waterway shipping along the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System and the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.

Bob Portiss, director at the Port of Catoosa, says shipping ground to a halt along the nation’s most inland shipping waterway for most of May and June, a situation that 42-year Port Authority veteran described as "horrific."

National Weather Service data indicate spring storms dumped 14.77 inches of rain on the Tulsa area in May. Barges were unable to enter or leave the port between May 9 and June 28 – 51 days with no barge activity.

 

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