Barge-towing company losing money due to river flooding

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HAVANA, Ill. — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is issuing a disaster proclamation for 34 Illinois counties.

Among those counties is Mason County. In Havana, river levels are expected to rise higher than they did earlier this month over the weekend. Water levels in the area are continuing to rise and that has shutdown river traffic. 

A barge-towing company is waiting to be able to get out on the water and is losing money. Staff at Jack Tanner Towing Company said they haven’t  been able to do their jobs because that portion of the river is shut down. Even though they have nothing to work with, they still have to have full crew on site. 

“They’re saying probably a couple weeks for St Louis Harbor opens and it’ll take a few days to get up here so about two, three weeks before we see any activity,” said Daniel Houghton, president of Jack Tanner Towing Co. Inc..

Although they’re not making money, Houghton said they are at least getting some revenue from fleeting the barges.

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