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Houston Flooding Causing Rail Delays

HOUSTON, April 19, 2016 (PCW) -- Due to this week’s severe flooding, Union Pacific reported it is experiencing outages in the greater Houston area. As of midday Monday, train movement was being affected by: a washout along the Glidden Subdivision, a washout along the Navasota Subdivision, water over the track on the Eureka Subdivision, and three washouts along the Smithville Subdivision.

With the ongoing rain, complete inspections were not yet possible. The company expected variable conditions over the next two days and will assess track conditions as soon as it's safe.

The Houston area already has received 10 to 20 inches of rain with major flooding reported on the White Oak Bayou at Houston and on Cypress Creek near the suburb of Westfield. The west fork of the San Jacinto River, which is near the Houston suburb of Humble, also is expected to reach flood stage.

More rain is expected through Tuesday. Flood warnings are in place for a large portion of eastern Texas stretching into southeast Oklahoma, southwest Arkansas and far western Louisiana. Union Pacific has deployed resources to the area and is ready to make repairs as soon as weather conditions permit.

Customers with freight traversing the area should expect delays of up to 48 hours throughout this week. -- Donna Todd

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