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Update on Rail Service Impacted by Flooding

Over the past 4 weeks, rail carloadings of grain were 4% lower than in 2018 and 2017

Railroad tracks

Though some outages remain, the railroads continue to make progress restoring service in flood-impacted areas in the Midwest, according to the USDA Grain Transportation Report.

In its latest Network Update, dated June 7, BNSF Railway (BNSF) reported service was fully restored in its Council Bluffs Subdivision, between Council Bluffs, IA, and Pacific Junction, IA.

Portions of BNSF track along the Mississippi River remain out of service, with washouts and water over the rail.

Over the past week, Union Pacific Railroad (UP) has restored service in several subdivisions, including Van Buren (Fort Smith to North Little Rock, AR), Cherokee (Parsons, KS, to McAlester, OK), Falls City (Kansas City, MO, to Council Bluffs, IA), Jonesboro (Pine Bluff, AR, to Dexter, MO), and Tulsa (Tulsa to Muskogee, OK).

UP’s route between Jefferson City and Kansas City, MO, remains out of service. Kansas City Southern Railway’s Roadhouse Subdivision (near Louisiana, MO) remains closed.

Due to flooded track, Norfolk Southern Railway continues to embargo traffic to and from Kansas City.

Over the past 4 weeks (week ending June 1), rail carloadings of grain were 4% lower than in 2018 and 2017.

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