Sunken barge, movie crew slow winter docking boats

A helicopter flies low in the Chicago River during filming of the new movie 'Insurgent."

The Chicago River is teeming with activity this weekend, as a sunken barge and a major motion picture crew slowed traffic for boats heading to winter storage.

River traffic was closed so workers could bring that barge back to the surface on Saturday afternoon. Crews continued to work Sunday, bringing in an additional barge and a crane to help remove clay dirt that the sunken barge was carrying. Once the dirt is removed, officials said they will attempt to salvage the barge.

The barge broke free from its mooring on Friday and the middle portion apparently split and then sank.

Meanwhile, crews are filming scenes for the movie "Insurgent," the sequel to "Divergent."

Saturday morning, the five bridges from Dearborn to Columbus were raised as a helicopter flew low close to the water.

Film crews were stationed on a boat on the Chicago River for the filming of the movie 'Insurgent.'



Film crews were stationed on a boat on the river.

A few hours later those bridges were raised again to allow sailboats to leave their docks in Lake Michigan and head to winter storage.

The bridges were closed to traffic and drivers were detoured.

The filming continues in the downtown area on Sunday. For more information: http://www.marinacityonline.com/doc/2014/insurgent_film_notice_oct_19.pdf

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