Archive for Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Missouri River floods force trains to western Kansas

July 6, 2011


— More train traffic is running through Dodge City in western Kansas because of floods along the Missouri River in eastern Kansas and western Missouri.

The Dodge City Globe reports that a section of track that moves coal from Lincoln, Neb., to Kansas City, Mo., is under water because of Missouri River flooding.

Andy Williams, spokesman for BNSF Railway, said workers tried to keep that track in commission by raising about three miles of track near Rulo, Neb. But he said a levee broke upstream flooding the track.

He said part of the company's plan calls for rerouting coal trains that normally run from Lincoln, Neb., to the Kansas City area through Colorado and western Kansas. After Dodge City, the coal trains pass through Newton to the Kansas City area.


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