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Monday's flooding caused washout along BNSF line

A worker examines BNSF train tracks near Stratford, east of Polo, Monday morning. Crews repaired a washout with riprap, pictured at right, between Stratford and Oregon following a flash flood that swept through the area earlier that morning.
A worker examines BNSF train tracks near Stratford, east of Polo, Monday morning. Crews repaired a washout with riprap, pictured at right, between Stratford and Oregon following a flash flood that swept through the area earlier that morning.

Train traffic was  temporarily suspended early Monday morning while railroad crews repaired a washout along the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe freight line following a flash flood between Oregon and Stratford.

The washout was found following a routine inspection by railroad officials.

“We do routine inspections on all of our tracks,” said Steve Forsberg, BNSF public affairs official. “After storms we inspect the tracks and continue with routine inspections.”

The washout was located between Forest and Columbian Roads, between White Pines State Park and Lake LaDonna Family Campground.

“There was a washout at mile post 103.8. that was about four feet by six feet that caused delays to eight trains, but that has been repaired,” said Forsberg Monday afternoon. “We repaired that by using a local contractor to dump riprap, which are large boulder sized rocks and rebuilt the support underneath the track so that trains are proceeding normally again.”

Forsberg said the track was returned to service at 11:30 a.m.

“The trains were held while repairs were made to the track,” he said.

Approximately 10 inches of rain fell between Oregon and Polo from Friday night to early Sunday morning.

A washout on tracks owned and operated by Canadian National Railway in Rockford is thought to have caused a deadly derailment following heavy rains June 19.

A Rockford woman died and nine others were injured when freight cars carrying ethanol derailed and caught fire.

All of the injured where in their vehicles waiting for the train to pass when the derailment occurred.

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