August 28, 2017
On Friday, August 25, 2017, we communicated that due to Hurricane Harvey, lane closures between Kendleton, TX (Houston) and Laredo, TX, resulted in a Force Majeure being declared for KCSR and KCSM and an embargo for impacted areas on the KCSR network. These remain in effect.
According to the National Weather Service, Harvey dumped over 20 inches of rain on portions of Southeast Texas since Thursday night and the forward motion of the hurricane has now stalled with another 15 – 25 inches of rainfall expected over the next several days. Some locations may receive as much as 50” of rain. Flooding is occurring throughout the region and there has been little opportunity to assess damage to our network at this time. Forecasts have expanded flood warnings to include the eastern Gulf Region including cities such as Port Arthur, Beaumont and Lake Charles.
We continue to monitor the current weather, the forecast and our network and are working closely with our rail partners to have a plan in place for possible detours should they be needed once the rain subsides and assessments can be made. All rail carriers in this region are impacted, and we are all committed to ensuring the delays are minimized through our active working relationships while keeping our customers, employees and communities we serve top of mind.
For those interested in helping out Hurricane Harvey victims, you can make a donation by TEXTING "Harvey" to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross. The Kansas City Southern Charitable Fund will support recovery efforts through the American Red Cross and other agencies as their specific needs become more clear.
We appreciate your patience and understanding on the service interruptions and the resultant Force Majeure caused by Hurricane Harvey. We will continue to update you as the status changes.
Should you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact our KCSR or KCSM Customer Solutions teams who will gladly assist you.