Posted by LEW on April 09, 2004 at 08:15:16:
In Reply to: Re: wheeler water level posted by Kerry Grissett on April 08, 2004 at 19:17:47:
Wheeler Locks - Tennessee River - Nashville District; 1.; The original lock (60 by 400 ft) was opened to traffic in 1934 and the new (landside) lock (110 by 600 ft) was opened in 1963. During excavation for the foundation of the new lock, several monoliths of the old lock failed by sliding and overturning into the unwatered cofferdam. This halted navigation through the lock until repairs were made and the old lock reopened. The Nashville District has a comprehensive report on the causes of the failure.
After this disaster a friend of mine and his sons spent numerous weeks walking the river bottom, tossing trapped fish that were in the small pools back into the deeper water, making notes of where the bream had fanned beds and noted every crook and turn, and stumps, in all the small streams that fed the main river.
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