Local

1st Tow Breaks Through Lake Pepin, Weeks Late

View Comments

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. WCCO Viewers' Choice For Best Place To Cut Down Your Own Tree
  2. U Of M Students Talk About Attending Ferguson Protests
  3. Good Question: How Can We Keep The Peace With Family?
  4. What's The Trending Toy In Minnesota?
  5. What's Open, What's Not On Thanksgiving?

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – More than two weeks later than usual, the first up-bound tow has broken through the ice at Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River.

The Motor Vessel Roberta Tabor tow broke through about 12 to 16 inches of ice early Monday morning, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

On average, the first tow will typically push through on March 20. Last year, the Motor Vessel Deana Ann passed through Lake Pepin on March 17.

The event marks the beginning of the 2013 navigation season because, the UACE reports, if a tow can make it through Lake Pepin, it can make it all the way to St. Paul.

When a tow arrives at Lock and Dam 2, that means all of its locks are available to commercial vehicles.

The earliest date recorded for a tow to reach Lock and Dam 2 was March 4, which happened three times — in 1983, 1984 and 2000.

The latest date unrelated to flooding, the UACE reported, was April 4, back in 2008.

In 2001, flooding delayed the arrival of the first tow until May 11.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,994 other followers