Historic flood forces BNSF to close both mainline tracks in Minot, N.D.

(Source: BNSF customer bulletin, June 28, 2011)

FORT WORTH, Texas BNSF's Command Center is managing our responses to flood impacts. BNSF is making an extraordinary effort to continue operating on key mainline routes.

The Devils Lake subdivision is out of service west of Rugby due to flooding on the Souris River.

KO subdivision - Both main tracks in Minot, North Dakota are out of service due to record flooding on the Souris River. The line segments to and from Minot are open and available for local service and industries.

Creston subdivision - BNSF raised the height of four miles of track up to five feet between Pacific Jct., Iowa and Oreapolis, Nebraska, raised the track on three bridges, built levees along both sides of the track and armored portions of the roadbed with rip rap (boulder-size rock.)

The St. Joseph subdivision - BNSF also raised 3.4 miles of track up to 20 inches near Rulo, Nebraska but the subdivision is now is out of service due to flooding near Rulo as a result of a levee break.

The Napier subdivision is out of service between Napier, Missouri and Pacific Jct., Iowa after a levee break near Hamburg, Iowa.

The Omaha subdivision is out of service from milepost 13 in Omaha south to milepost 7 as a result of flood levees erected over the track to protect the City of Omaha. The subdivision is still open from Lincoln to Omaha via Ashland, Nebraska.

The Choteau subdivision is out of service west of Power, Montana.

The Big Sandy subdivision is out of service south of Pacific Jct., Montana.

The Lewistown subdivision is out of service east of Sipple, Montana due to a washout.

The Grenora subdivision is out of service north of Stanley, North Dakota.

The Westhope subdivision is out of service north of Rugby, North Dakota.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
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