Flood Gate Closure & Interchange Update Regarding Tropical Storm Cristobal

Announcement Number: CN2020-17
Categories: General Announcements
Posted Date: June 5, 2020

To Our Customers,

We continue to monitor tropical storm Cristobal in the Gulf of Mexico. The current trajectory shows the storm making landfall over Louisiana.

In preparation for landfall, the city of New Orleans will close flood gates tomorrow, June 6 at 7:00 a.m. CT. The gate closures effectively prevents interchange with the eastern carriers until further notice. Interchange traffic will cease this evening.

All routes to the area remain open with the exception of Livonia to New Orleans. Trains will continue to run as weather allows.

We have made preparations along our network to ensure any potential outages are addressed and repaired as quickly as possible. The following actions have been taken:

  • Generators are staged at strategic locations
  • Ballast trains are being sent to the area
  • Ballast stockpiles are in place at strategic locations
  • Personnel supporting service outages are on standby

Customers should familiarize themselves with our Hurricane Planning and Recovery plan. The web page covers best practices to follow during the hurricane season.

If you have any questions, please contact Customer Care & Support at 800-272-8777 or your Union Pacific representative.

Large | Tropical Storm Cristobal