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Praise Rushes In for Flood Response

The flood waters are receding now but CP’s praise for RailWorks’ response remains high:

“Please let your men that worked the flood event in Davenport with me the last few days know that I personally appreciate their help. All of them did a great job.”
Bruce B. Wold, Assistant Division Engineer

“Thank you for helping out and the long hours put in by your men. We really appreciate the work you guys are doing for us.”
Jacob Ward, Assistant Roadmaster, Quad Cities Division

“The RailWorks team worked shoulder to shoulder with the CP team to help delay the effect of the flood on trains as the waters rose and helped trains run sooner as the water started to recede. We could not have accomplished what we did without them.”
Justin Meyer, Regional Chief Engineer - Southern Region

While most of us in the United States were enjoying backyard barbeques, fireworks and other festivities on the Independence Day holiday weekend, RailWorks Track Services crews were working around the clock to literally bail out an important customer that was at the mercy of the mighty Mississippi River.

Heavy rains caused the river to overrun its banks and flood areas in Eastern Iowa extending from Davenport to Muscatine, including Canadian Pacific Railway’s (CP) adjacent main line. As the river approached its crest July 3, CP put in a call to RailWorks for assistance.

Crews were already at work in Iowa and Missouri performing routine maintenance on CP lines. About 25 workers were immediately redeployed to the affected areas to try hold the water at bay, get the track ready for trains and help with clean-up activities.

“Whatever they needed, we did it,” reports Project Manager Becky Marotz out of the Chicago regional office. “Even though it was a holiday weekend, everyone stepped up, and CP was very appreciative.”

Crews tag-teamed 24 hours a day from July 3 -12, working at the direction of CP’s on-site engineering managers. Some filled and positioned sand bags. Some monitored pump operations. Others installed ties and dumped ballast while others raised and tamped the track. These efforts helped to minimize the disruption and resume train operations faster on the vital rail corridor.

Check out a video of RailWorks’ flood response for CP in Eastern Iowa at this YouTube link: