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UPDATE: Midwest Flooding Recovery Efforts

BNSF has made significant progress in restoring service to portions of our network in Iowa and Missouri impacted by major flooding. Weather conditions in the region have been favorable this week and water levels continue to slowly recede.

On the Hannibal Subdivision, which runs adjacent to the Mississippi River north of St. Louis, service was restored yesterday afternoon between Keokuk, IA to near La Grange, Mo. The remaining out of service segment on the Hannibal Subdivision between Mark and Gibb, Mo. is expected to reopen tomorrow. Speed restrictions will be in place through areas where water levels remain high, or that experienced significant flooding during the past several weeks.

The River Subdivision between Crystal City and Cape Girardeau, Mo. remains out of service as water levels remain well above flood stage through this area south of St. Louis. There is no current estimate on when this portion of the subdivision will reopen as BNSF continues to evaluate track conditions. Any major rainfall or storm events in the region may cause additional delays to service restoration.

On the Napier Subdivision, between Pacific Junction, Iowa and Napier, Missouri, BNSF remains on schedule to restore service on the entire subdivision by the end of the month. As we reported, crews have been constructing a new 3,000-foot causeway to support our main line near Bartlett, IA. Nearly 400,000 tons of ballast was delivered for the causeway’s construction. Thanks to the hard work by our BNSF engineering teams and contractors, the installation of new track through this zone will begin today.

New causeway on the Napier Subdivision near Bartlett, IA – May 13, 2019

For the latest information on the recovery efforts, as well as the remaining flood-related embargoes, please visit our flood recovery webpage.

As always, if you have questions about your shipment(s), please contact BNSF Customer Support at 1-888-428-2673.

We will continue to provide additional updates.

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