Crews clearing ammonia from stuck barge on Mississippi River

Stuck barge on the Mississippi River. Coast Guard members were cleaning up the situation Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. WQAD photo

Stuck barge on the Mississippi River. Coast Guard members were cleaning up the situation Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. WQAD photo

The barge stuck near Campbell’s Island has been released.

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 crews from the Coast Guard were in the midst of cleaning up anhydrous ammonia from the stuck barge and transferring it onto an empty second barge, according to a member of the Coast Guard.

Crews were initially going to do the cleanup on Monday, but it was too windy, which would have created more risks, said a Coast Guard member.

Transferring the ammonia allowed the barge to float lighter.  Hours into the cleanup project it was freed.

The Mississippi River was closed between Lock and Dam 14 and Lock and Dam 15. Area boat landings, like Eagles Landing in Bettendorf, were closed off with barricades.