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Towboat salvage and cleanup operations continue

Salvage, cleanup and environmental protection efforts continued in response to the sunken towboat Stephen L. Colby on the Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa, on Tuesday.

A unified command has deployed 3,700-feet of containment boom, 3,480-feet of sorbent boom, four skimmer vessels, five workboats and approximately 160 response personnel responding to the cleanup and salvage operations.

Approximately 61,970 gallons of oily-water mixture has been recovered from the river, 88,801 gallons of oily-water mixture recovered from the Stephen L. Colby, and more than 1,800 cubic-feet of oily waste has been collected.

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