Monitoring Tropical Storm Sally; New Orleans Interchange Update

Announcement Number: CN2020-47
Categories: General Announcements
Posted Date: September 12, 2020

To Our Customers,

We are currently monitoring Tropical Storm Sally as it travels through the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is expected to make landfall over the southeast coast of Louisiana or southern Mississippi on Tuesday, bringing with it rain, storm surge, flooding and high winds.

Due to largely favorable conditions for strengthening across the Gulf, Sally is currently forecast to briefly become a hurricane before making landfall. In preparation for landfall, the City of New Orleans will begin to close flood gates tomorrow, September 13. The gate closures will effectively prevent interchange with eastern rail carriers until further notice; interchange traffic is expected to cease late tomorrow afternoon.

We are making preparations along our network to ensure any potential outages are addressed and repaired as quickly as possible. To ensure you are properly prepared, please visit our Hurricane Planning and Recovery web page, which outlines best practices to follow during the hurricane season.

As conditions develop, we will continue to provide updates. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Customer Care & Support at 800-272-8777 or your Union Pacific representative.