Flood Update - A message to BNSF customers about the effects of Midwest flooding on BNSF
To our valued customers:
While floodwaters along the Mississippi and its tributaries near Fort Madison, Iowa, continue to recede, flooding has struck BNSF’s Chicago-Kansas City main line near Marceline, Mo., as shown in the accompanying photos. Those waters are receding more quickly than those of the Mississippi, and we expect to have at least one main line back in service late today, although more rain is forecast for the area.
Our main line across southern Iowa via Ottumwa remains out of service due to flooding just east of Burlington, Iowa, and flooding also persists on our tracks down the west bank of the Mississippi north and south of St. Louis. Our Mississippi crossing near Quincy, Ill., also remains out of service due to high water.
We continue to re-route trains to minimize delay to your shipments, but the scope of the closures is affecting the overall velocity of our network, and shipments through the areas affected by flooding may encounter substantial delay.
More than 500 people are at work to repair track and restore service through areas affected by the floods, and thousands more across our system are working to keep your shipments moving. We appreciate your patience during these extraordinary times.
Thank you for your business, and please contact your BNSF representative if you have questions.
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer