Reports state that a towboat lost sixteen barges on the Mississippi River at Vicksburg, Mississippi. The 180 foot long towboat Kay A. Eckstein had 30 barges in tow when it allided with a railroad bridge. This section of the Mississippi River is known to be difficult to navigate, but high flood waters made naviagtion even more problematic. One barge sank while another became pinned to a pier of the highway I-20 bridge. The I-20 bridge was closed for several hours until an inspection could be completed. Reports state there was no concerns about pollution as the barges were loaded with dry cargo of bean, corn or grain. No injuries were reported.