Detached barge damages Panama City Marina

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A barge that washed up and hit the Panama City Marina over the weekend could cost thousands of dollars in repairs.

According to the captain of the tugboat responsible for the barge, the steel cables towing the vessel snapped because of severe wind Sunday afternoon.

That's when the barge detached and washed up, causing damage to the south end of the city marina.

City officials say their risk management team is assessing the damage.

"We're going to have a company come out and they will do three tests that will determine that there is no damage to those fuel tanks so we don't have any risks there and then at some point during this week, we'll have a contractor come out to look at the structure of the marina to see if we have any issues that need to be repaired," Panama City Public Information Officer Caitlin Lawrence said.

Crews towing the barge are currently waiting for winds to calm before continuing their journey.