Crews to finish removal of sunken Columbia barge

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Officials are preparing to remove the final section of a World War II-era barge that partially sank in the Columbia River and leaked oil.

The activity Thursday will bring an end to a seven-month effort to pull the barge Davy Crockett from the river near Camas.

The ship sunk in January as the owner was working to scrap it. It discharged about 70 gallons of oil. Officials built a cofferdam around the site to prevent further contamination of the river, and then crews began deconstructing the vessel.

After the ship is removed, divers plan to dredge the river to finish the cleanup.