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Monday, August 01, 2011

Missouri River Flood of 2011: More Video of NW MO Railroad Repair- Possible Highway Bridge Damage

The Burlington Northern-Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad has been trying to keep it's mainline maintained- or more accurately to keep it from being washed away- in northwest Missouri since it was closed by the Missouri River flood more than 45 days ago.

The pilot with Barnes Realty has a video shot earlier today that shows the hard work BSNF and contract crews have been doing to keep that rail line from washing away- crew are actually building at least 2 new bridges on the line and are planning to actually raise the road bed of the tracks up to 4 feet to try to escape future closures of the line due to future floods.

However- numerous large trucks hauling rock from Kansas and Nebraska to the railroad repairs have reportedly damaged the U.S. 159 bridge over the Missouri at Rulo Nebraska- according to this story by radio station KNZA in Falls City NE..

The bridge was to be closed today- tomorrow and possibly Wednesday while inspectors look at the bridge.

Meanwhile- the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have reduced outflow from the Gavins Point dam from 16000 to 154900 CFS today- and that outflow is expected to continue to be decreased during August.

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