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Railroads Continue Recovery in Midwest After Flooding

Date Posted: May 11, 2017

This article is reprinted from the USDA's May 11 Grain Transportation Report.

The railroads affected by last week’s significant rain and flood conditions continue to make progress restoring service.

According to a service bulletin posted last Thursday, Union Pacific (UP) re-opened lines in Missouri from St. Louis to Jefferson City and Poplar Bluff.

The railroad is continuing to repair track between Mt. Vernon, IL, and Chester, IL.

In a service advisory posted last Friday, BNSF noted its aggressive efforts to restore service on flooded track in three subdivisions: between Springfield, MO, and St. Louis, MO; between Crystal City, MO, and Cape Girardeau, MO; and between Thayer, MO, and Memphis, TN.

Both railroads have rerouted trains to reduce the disruption.

According to the May 9 USDA Agricultural Weather Highlights, “5-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches from the central and southern Rockies into the Mid-Atlantic States.”

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