BNSF Weather Interruptions Update
Due to higher than forecast rains on the Northern Plains, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) plans to increase releases from Missouri River reservoirs to record levels. Flows from five of the six dams on the Missouri River could reach a record 150,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) by mid-June, according to Corps estimates.
The combination of record releases and above average discharges from major tributaries farther down river (Big Sioux, Platte and Kansas rivers) will increase water surface elevations 8 to 12 feet along the lower Missouri River corridor, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and USACE predictions.
BNSF Operations teams are working 24 hours a day on flood prevention measures for the sections of track we have the best chance of protecting. These actions include building additional dikes and armoring track road bed with boulder-size rock (riprap). But at other locations, flooding prevention efforts may not be possible, based on current flood forecasts and the need to close several flood gates over BNSF’s track to help protect communities along the river.
BNSF continues to monitor the situation with the NOAA and the USACE. We will continue to update customers on any changes that impact service through the Service Advisories and Weather Interruptions updates posted to our website. Please visit these pages for the latest information.
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