Railroads avoid New Orleans tornado damage

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NEW ORLEANS — Railroads have escaped damage following widespread reports of tornadoes cutting across New Orleans on Tuesday afternoon.

More than 10,000 residents were without power and several residential and commercial buildings were damaged on Tuesday, but railroads seem to have escaped the storms without major disruptions.

BNSF Railway spokesperson Joseph Faust tells Trains News Wire that BNSF reports no challenges to its operating network in the wake of Tuesday’s tornadoes.

Similarly, Kansas City Southern spokesperson Doniele Carlson tells Trains News Wire the railroad “…does not have anything to report related to severe weather in the Gulf region” as of Tuesday afternoon.

CSX Transportation echoed similar statements of its Class I railroad partners in a Tuesday afternoon statement to Trains News Wire.

“CSX has no reports of any significant damage or interruptions to service,” says spokesperson Kristin Seay.

A couple of severe injuries were reported and dozens of others suffered minor injuries in Tuesday’s storms, several local media outlets report. According to the National Weather Service, one of the tornadoes touched down in the eastern part of New Orleans, while another touched down near Donaldsonville. A third tornado was also confirmed in the town of Killian.

New Orleans is served by nearly every Class I railroad except for Canadian Pacific. The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad also serves the city and its port.

Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Trains News Wire on Tuesday afternoon.

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