Rogue barges knocked loose from a Florida Panhandle-area went on a rampage in the Pensacola area during Hurricane Sally, smashing into residential properties, hitting bridges and even “attacking” the entrance to Naval Air Station Pensacola.
On Wednesday night, one Skanska USA barge hit the NAS Pensacola main gate bridge, rendering the entry point closed until crews could do damage assessments.
Another Skanska barge lodged in a friends backyard on Silverstone Drive near NAS Pensacola. Once the storm surge recedes, this vessel will be sitting in their yard. #sally #hurricanesally pic.twitter.com/UocFTBxAT3— Fight the Blight (@Goodcleanliving) September 16, 2020
Jason Bortz, spokesman for NAS Pensacola, said the barge was trapped under the bridge for a while. It has since dislodged.
According to the Pensacola News Journal, other barges turned up in strange places, with five washing up in the downtown Pensacola area, and another turning up in someone’s backyard.
It is unknown what damage the barge that hit NAS Pensacola’s entry bridge cause, though lanes of traffic have been restricted.
The barges are reported to have been moored to the Three-Mile Bridge, which was partially destroyed during the hurricane.
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