ALG Connect Weather Alert: Flash Flood Threat Spreads Into the Southeast

Flash Flood Threat Spreads Into the Southeast, Including Areas in Drought from Florida to the Carolinas


Heavy rain may trigger flash flooding in the Southeast this weekend, including parts of north Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas where drought has quickly developed this spring. Several areas of locally heavy rain are currently soaking areas from the Ozarks to the Tennessee Valley, Deep South and Gulf Coast. Another area of heavy rain triggered flooding in the Memphis metro area early Friday morning, swamping roads and parking lots in the suburbs of Germantown, Tennessee, and Olive Branch, Mississippi. Another area of heavy rain parked over northern Arkansas lead to a rise of over 6 feet on the Buffalo River.


A broad area from the Ohio Valley to the northern Gulf Coast to the Carolinas and Virginia should pick up at least 1 to 3 inches of rain through the weekend. The heaviest rain is expected in the southern Appalachians and adjacent piedmont from north Georgia into the western Carolinas and east Tennessee. The highest threat of flash flooding will be in the piedmont of western North Carolina, upstate South Carolina and north Georgia. Local flash flooding is also possible from Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Alabama and north Florida into the eastern Carolinas.


Major flooding across portions of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri is causing significant disruptions to BNSF service and operations. Due to snowmelt and excessive rainfall, water levels have reached high levels in many areas. BNSF crews are working to restore service as quickly as possible. While traffic is being re-routed, shipments destined for locations in this region will continue to experience delays. As water continues to recede, speed restrictions will be lifted to increase throughput, assisting with recovery of staged trains and transit times.


UPDATE: Additional Flooding Issues Impacting BNSF Operations


Major flooding continues to cause significant disruptions to normal traffic flows through central areas of the BNSF network. While weather conditions have improved during the past 48 hours, water levels are still rising in many locations, particularly in Missouri.


On the Marceline Subdivision, part of our Southern Transcon route between southern California and Chicago, a breached levee was reported early this morning, and a washout of both main lines occurred near Bosworth, Missouri. BNSF engineering teams are addressing track conditions and expect to have service restored through this location later today.



With receding water levels in Nebraska, BNSF crews were able to restore service yesterday on both the St. Joseph and Omaha subdivisions. Multiple levee breaches in northern Missouri yesterday, however, have negatively impacted current service outages involving our Brookfield and Hannibal subdivisions. The breach of a levee near West Quincy, Mo. also prompted the evacuations of several communities in the area.

Additional levee breaches are possible during the next few days as the Mississippi River is at or near all-time record levels. While the Brookfield Sub at West Quincy may reopen as early as next week, no current estimate on service restoration of either the Hannibal or River Subdivision is available at this time.

Customers with shipments designated to move through this region should expected delays and extended transit times due to the flood-related outages. BNSF continues to re-route trains around affected areas as much as possible to minimize disruption to traffic flows.

If you have questions about your shipment(s), please contact BNSF Customer Support at 1-888-428-2673.

For more information on BNSF flood recovery efforts, including the latest service outages map and current list of flood-related embargoes, please visit our flood recovery webpage: If you are affected by any of these embargoes, information on making freight diversion requests is also available on this page.

We appreciate your patience as we address this challenging environment. We will continue to provide customers with further updates.


If you have any questions, please send an email to



Lindsey O’Connor | Manager Domestic Intermodal | BNSF Railway

( 817-867-6951 (office), 817-228-8103 (cell) |



We recognize the severe impact that current conditions are having on our customers and we are committed to restoring service levels as quickly as possible. As a result of these weather issues, the ALG Client Service Team will send daily updates as we monitor the progress and track job level impact.