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Flooding Continues to Impact Resin Deliveries in Texas and Louisiana
Houston, March 18, 2016 (PCW) -- Flooding in East Texas and Louisiana continued to impact resin deliveries. Upwards of 18 inches of rain fell in the Sabine River Basin from a weather system that lingered over the area for five days.
Emergency management officials issued a mandatory evacuation order for thousands of people along the Sabine River this week, saying the amount of water flowing south from the Toledo Bend Dam is the most in recorded history.
Texas Governor Gregg Abbott has issued a disaster declaration for much of the region and urged residents to heed evacuation orders. State emergency management officials haven't released information about the extent or potential cost of the damage so far.
Parts of Interstate-10 at the Texas-Louisiana border were closed for four days as of Friday, with more closures in Louisiana expected in the coming days. Abbott said it may take as long as 10 days until the flooded section would be deemed safe for traffic.
Railroad operations in the area continued to be affected:
CSX Railroad said that customers with trains routed through the New Orleans gateway will likely experience delays.
Union Pacific stated that washouts continued to impact service on its network in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas with water levels continuing to rise. Severe flooding has caused the additional closure of the Lafayette subdivision, cutting off service between Lake Charles, LA and Beaumont, TX. The estimated time of opening for the main track is Mar 24.
BNSF operates over this track and is employing detour routes over other carriers, but said that traffic in this corridor will still experience delays of delays of 48 to 72 hours.
Kansas City Southern said that its network is experiencing service disruptions in East Texas and significant portions of Louisiana. It expects to be able to restore service in some areas of Louisiana this week, with some outages likely extending into next week.