July 12, 2019
On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, we notified you of the Weather Alert for Tropical Storm Barry and the precautions being taken in and around New Orleans. Several of the other rail carriers have already declared an embargo pending the storm to make landfall. Due to the path and strength of the storm and the inability to deliver shipments to the affected area, Kansas City Southern is placing an embargo on traffic interchanging in New Orleans, LA, effective immediately.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Barry is expected to reach hurricane conditions along a portion of the coast of Louisiana where hurricane warnings are now in effect. The slow movement of the storm is expected to result in heavy rainfall and flood threats along the central Gulf Coast, across portions of the Lower Mississippi Valley and north into the Tennessee Valley through early next week. Flash flooding and river flooding is anticipated along portions of southeast Louisiana into Mississippi. This could impact our inland network in the coming week or so, as well.
We will continue to monitor this storm closely and will notify you of any changes, as well as, when we are able to lift this embargo. As always, the safety of our employees, customers’ shipments and the communities we serve remains the priority.
Should you have any questions on this storm,your shipments, or the embargo, please don’t hesitate to contact our KCS Customer Solutions team who will gladly assist you.
Thank you for your understanding.