Midwest floods continue to slam Union Pacific

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Two locomotives cross the sandbagged Straight River at Owatonna, Minn., on Sept. 29. UP’s Albert Lea Subdivision is closed due to high water.
Steve Glischinski
MINNEAPOLIS — Union Pacific’s main routes stretching southward from St. Paul, Minn., continue to face closure nearly a week after the first interruptions began. Its Albert Lea and Mankato subdivisions, part of UP’s St. Paul-Kansas City and St. Paul-Omaha routes, respectively, are currently washed out.

The Mankato Subdivision is washed out near Henderson, Minn., along the Minnesota River approximately 50 miles southwest of St. Paul. It remains under several inches of water.

The busier Albert Lea Subdivision is washed out near Owatonna, Minn., approximately 60 miles south of St. Paul. UP workers ceased work on fixing this washout after fill they’d recently dumped shifted. A UP source said the railroad expects to be closed until at least next Monday.

Trains have been rerouted over UP’s “Adams Line” across Wisconsin, a circuitous route. They’ve also been detoured over Canadian Pacific routes, but the CP detours have since ceased, as CP’s route is also threatened.

CP and BNSF Railway officials say all their routes remain open so far. A crest is expected at St. Paul this week.
MINNEAPOLIS — Union Pacific’s main routes stretching southward from St. Paul, Minn., continue to face closure nearly a week after the first interruptions began. Its Albert Lea and Mankato subdivisions, part of UP’s St. Paul-Kansas City and St. Paul-Omaha routes, respectively, are currently washed out.

The Mankato Subdivision is washed out near Henderson, Minn., along the Minnesota River approximately 50 miles southwest of St. Paul. It remains under several inches of water.

The busier Albert Lea Subdivision is washed out near Owatonna, Minn., approximately 60 miles south of St. Paul. UP workers ceased work on fixing this washout after fill they’d recently dumped shifted. A UP source said the railroad expects to be closed until at least next Monday.

Trains have been rerouted over UP’s “Adams Line” across Wisconsin, a circuitous route. They’ve also been detoured over Canadian Pacific routes, but the CP detours have since ceased, as CP’s route is also threatened.

CP and BNSF Railway officials say all their routes remain open so far. A crest is expected at St. Paul this week.
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