Railroads declare embargo for Texas coastal region

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HOUSTON — Severe flooding brought by Hurricane Harvey has forced Class I railroads serving the area to issue embargoes for cargo bound for the area and halt trains scheduled to depart the region.

Union Pacific issued a customer report that it has issued embargoes on all trains "destined to Houston and surrounding areas." The company also said that it has halted trains that would have departed from Houston on Monday and possibly longer. Union Pacific also said that it has suspended switching at its Houston-area facilities for up to 72 hours.

BNSF likewise posted notification that while its Pearland hub in Houston is still open, flooded roads have prevented employees from accessing the facility. Therefore, operations in and out of those facilities have been suspended. BNSF also said that it has relocated a number of trains around the Houston area.

Kansas City Southern followed a decision to suspended service between Houston and Laredo, Texas, by declaring the flooding in Houston a force majeure. The railroad declared an embargo on shipments to Houston, Corpus Christi, Victoria, Rosenberg, and Laredo, and on shipments originating from Mexico.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday in Corpus Christi, Texas, after unexpectedly strengthening to a Category 4 storm with sustained wind speeds in excess of 130 mph. The system then moved north and stalled over Houston. Forecasts call for some portions of the Houston metro to receive as much as 50 inches of rain.

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