June 1993

Midwest Flooding Soaks UP Tracks

Unrelenting rain pelted UP’s entire Central region in summer 1993, flooding lines in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. Flood waters, lightning and winds severely affected key UP rail segments, resulting in washouts, knocked-out signals and traffic congestion. Some rail segments were closed for one day; others for weeks. Maintenance of Way teams, tie and surfacing gangs and dispatchers worked tirelessly to keep UP lines in service by clearing debris, resurfacing track and rerouting traffic.

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The 1993 rains caused some of the worst Midwest flooding UP employees had ever experienced in their lifetimes — and perhaps rivaled only by the Missouri River flooding in summer 2011.

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