Sunken barge causes problems

A sunken barge near the village of Kwethluk is causing problems.

The mayor says the barge has contaminated a watering hole and forced residents to bring in drinking water.

KTUU-TV reports that Mayor Boris Epchook says the barge went down on the Kwethluk River in October and is leaking petroleum. He says local government has spent more than $1,900 since December on about 7,600 gallons of drinking water.

Containment boom was placed around the sunken barge. But Epchook says plans to remove the barge were delayed by early freezing on the river. Local officials recently met with state officials and the company responsible for the barge.

The company says it is drafting plans for a salvage operation in the next few weeks before river conditions deteriorate.


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