Coast Guard still removing vessels sunk by Hurricane Ida

(Photography courtesy Port Fourchon)

The U.S. Coast Guard is still working to remove obstructions in Bayou Lafourche and the Houma Navigation Canal left by Hurricane Ida, reports Houma Today. Parts of both channels, as well as part of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, remain closed because of navigational hazards.

Working to reopen the waterways are the Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Navy Supervisor of Salvage and Diving. All of the waterways are key routes for oilfield vessels, fishing boats and other marine traffic in the area. So far, 25 obstructions — mostly fishing, crew and offshore supply vessels — have been identified in the Bayou Lafourche channel, the Coast Guard said Sept. 16.

Additionally, crews have removed half of the 30 submerged obstructions identified so far in the Houma Navigation Canal. See the full story.