Canadian Pacific line flooded in Iowa

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A northbound Canadian Pacific empty ethanol train passes through floodwaters of the Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa, on Saturday, March 23, 2019.
Steve Smedley
DAVENPORT, Iowa — Canadian Pacific's former Milwaukee Road lines in the Midwest have suffered damage from recent flooding.

In Davenport on CP's Davenport subdivision, floodwaters from the Mississippi River are over the riverfront trackage for three blocks between Harrison and Perry streets. Trains were operating at walking speed through the flooded track, with CP track inspectors standing on both sides of three train movements on Saturday evening monitoring movements.

The flood stage for the river at Rock Island, Ill., is 15 feet. On Sunday evening, the crest was estimated at 18.4 feet.

Canadian Pacific's River subdivision is still operating, including hosting BNSF Railway detours between Davenport and Camanche, Iowa. To the north the Marquette Subdivision remains out of service after the bridge over the Turkey River near Millville, Iowa, was destroyed by ice jams and a rising river on March 15.

The flood record for Davenport, Iowa, occurred on July 9, 1993, at 22.63 feet. Weather forecasters are warning more flooding will take place in April with a melting snowpack in central and eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

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