Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, declared an emergency event for railroad operations because of extreme flooding throughout the Midwest.
The National Weather Service has documented historic flooding throughout the region, Batory said in an emergency event announcement. Rivers rose to unprecedented levels in more than 40 locations due to melting snow and ice, causing power outages, breached dams and broken levees. Numerous reports estimate the flooding could last all spring.
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