Union Pacific, BNSF Railway, work on restoring washed out bridges in Nebraska

Railroad crews work among flood waters to rebuild infrastructure, restore operations
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Flooding of the Platte River south of Omaha Nebraska has destroyed spans of the BNSF Omaha Subdivision
Flooding of the Platte River, south of Omaha, Neb., has destroyed spans of BNSF Railway's Omaha Subdivision, along with the Union Pacific's Fall City Subdivision. On Tuesday morning, a Union Pacific crane was working on removing a log jam on the upstream side of the bridge.
Steve Smedley
Three truckloads of rock are being dumped on the southern approach to the BNSF Omaha subdivision
Three truckloads of rock are being dumped on the southern approach to BNSF Railway's Omaha subdivision on the southern shore of the Platte River, south of Omaha, Neb. Flooding has destroyed spans of the BNSF's Omaha Subdivision, along with the Union Pacific's Fall City Subdivision. On Tuesday morning, a Union Pacific crane was working on removing a log jam on the upstream side of the bridge.
Steve Smedley
Union Pacific Railroad senior special agent Cayl England left and UP senior manager of public safety Larry Wenko use drones in order to survey and document damage
Union Pacific Railroad senior special agent Cayl England, left, and UP senior manager for public safety Larry Wenko use drones to survey and document damage. Flooding of the Platte River, south of Omaha, Neb., has destroyed spans of BNSF Railway's Omaha Subdivision, along with the Union Pacific's Fall City Subdivision. On Tuesday morning, a Union Pacific crane was working on removing a log jam on the upstream side of the bridge.
Steve Smedley
OMAHA, Neb. — Severe flooding around Omaha has caused major service outages on Union Pacific and the BNSF Railway lines.

A flooding Platte River took out the Platte River bridges of the Union Pacific's Fall River Subdivision, and the BNSF Omaha subdivision. The bridges are within 30 yards of each other.

Spans of both bridges were washed away on Saturday, March 16. Union Pacific sources tell Trains the flooding came while the ground was still frozen, with rain and ice jams, along with trees and debris taking out the bridges. Other outages on Union Pacific are on the main line bewteen Columbus and Fremont, Neb., but one track was opened Monday afternoon.

Other outages on the UP were at Blair, Valley and Elkhorn in Nebraska, while Logan, Iowa, also had a service outage. The Canadian National's Council Bluffs subdivision at Logan has also suffered damage.

On Tuesday, March 26, a light rain was falling as Union Pacific Railroad senior special agent Cayl England and UP Senior Manager for Public Safety Larry Wenko launched unmanned aerial vehicles to survey and document damage.

''Its another set of eyes," England says.

Nearby, a Union Pacific crane was working on pulling away debris from the upstream side of the damaged bridge.

Further south, at LaPlatte, Neb., BNSF crews were staging semi-trailer loads of rock as the railroad rebuilt the approach of the bridge from the south.

A rain and snow mix are in the forecast for the end of the week.

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