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.