December 17, 2014

Muddy Miss reopens near Davenport after boat sinks

The stretch of the Mississippi River near a sunken towboat has reopened to river traffic.

On Monday, the Stephen L. Colby hit a submerged object and sank near LeClaire, just north of the Quad-Cities. The crew made it to safety, and no one was hurt.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the boat is still leaking some diesel fuel and oil. But most of what spilled initially has been removed and the river reopened late Tuesday.

There are no reports yet of a fish kill. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says there is a concern about a danger to migratory waterfowl.

Salvage crews are expected to be on the scene Friday.

By Phil Roberts, Davenport