Towboat salvage and cleanup operations continue

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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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