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Flooding in western Canada (southern BC) continues to present logistical challenges – CN halts service along key freight corridor owing to continued heavy precipitation

Flooding in southern B.C. continues to present logistical challenges for exporters as Canadian National Railway Co. shut its service along the key freight corridor because of heavy precipitation and traffic is moving slowly through the Port of Vancouver.

“The recovery of the manufacturing sector in general has slowed down and the crisis in B.C. is just going to make it worse,” said Dennis Darby, the president of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.

He said trains were running at very low rates even before the Montreal-based railway pulled the plug on its reopening efforts.

“We hope … that this gets back to normal as soon as possible, but it’s going to take weeks at least, months probably.”

CN said it moved seven trains during the weekend but decided to “proactively close its network” because rain was causing increased debris, washout and landslide activity.

“Our crews are working to find safe and effective ways of managing the waterflow, stabilizing the infrastructure and monitoring the overall state of the network,” railway spokesman Mathieu Gaudreault wrote in an email.

Diversion to Prince Rupert

CN has been able to divert some rail traffic to the Port of Prince Rupert, which remains fully operational and is not impacted by the severe weather.

But CN said northbound and eastbound traffic to and from Vancouver are still affected by this situation.

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. cars loaded with Prairie grain and fuel entered Vancouver last Wednesday for the first time in days after its rail corridor sustained heavy damage in some 30 locations between Vancouver and Kamloops, B.C.

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Source: Inside Logistics

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