12 barges resting on dam after tugboat loses control, engineers say

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Twelve barges are resting against Lock and Dam 11 in Dubuque, Iowa, after a tugboat lost control of them Friday afternoon, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

According to a report from CBS2 Iowa, officials said they are not concerned about the structural integrity of the dam or any nearby bridges, but the barges could make their way through the dam because the gates are up, due to high water. 

There is also a risk that the loaded barges could sink if water seeps into them. 

The tugboat is run by Western Rivers, which is working with officials to recover the barges. All of the crew members aboard the tugboat are safe. 

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