Historic flooding that began on March 15 has wiped out miles of roads and bridges along the Missouri River, especially from eastern Nebraska to western Iowa. According to FreightWaves, Omaha was the largest city to be hit.
At least two major rail companies in the region now have several subdivisions that have been put out of commission by floodwaters. They’re doing the best they can to get things back on track.
BNSF Railway Company issued an updated customer letter on March 25 in which it states that crews are “conducting ongoing assessments and inspections regarding the condition of our main lines.” The company also has a webpage with updates.
The Union Pacific Railroad is also making progress. On March 21, the company announced the reopening of two of its subdivisions that were damaged by the flood – the Blair (Fremont, Nebraska, to Missouri Valley, Iowa, via Blair), and the Omaha (Missouri Valley, Iowa, to Fremont, Nebraska, via Omaha).
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