Highlights Union Pacific, BNSF still shipped roughly 60% of demand in March Recovery to ‘pre-flood levels’ took place in April Utilities could feel the impact of flooding in the Midwestern US for months to come, railroad and coal sector representatives said Wednesday. Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience. Register Now Powder River Basin coal shipments were hit the hardest by the combination of cold winter weather early in the first quarter followed by strong rain in mid-March, resulting in flooding that railroad representatives said they had never previously seen. Linda Brandl, Union Pacific’s vice president of energy, said at the Surface Transportation Board’s Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting that the frozen ground in the region could not absorb the water, making way for “unprecedented” flooding. Small vehicle-sized ice chunks in the rivers broke off as well and were strewn across the region. Union Pacific’s […]