Western Canada Rainfall Service Updates

We have received updates from the BNSF, CPRS, and CN railroads in regards to the significant rainfall that is impacting Western Canada. Below we have outlined these service announcements, as well as the last date they were updated.

CN

Updated Thursday, 11/18/21

The CN continues to make progress on safely restoring Subdivisions between Kamloops and Vancouver. The CN has cleared and repaired the track between Boston Bar and Vancouver and are currently working on restoring multiple locations between Lytton and Falls Creek.

Due to the dynamic nature of the situation, the CN does not presently have an estimated reopening time and anticipate that the outage will go into next week. Although the weather has improved, there are sill active land and rock slide locations as well as water flowing from higher elevations. Movement along highways also remain challenging with multiple closures throughout the area.

Map of the CN's railroad outages in the British Columbia area.

CPRS

Updated Wednesday, 11/17/21

The CP’s operations between Spences Bridge and Falls Creek, British Columbia, remain suspended following heavy rains and severe flooding that have resulted in multiple track outages. The CP currently does not have a timeline to resume operations.

Map of the Canadian Pacific network with a washout related network disruption near Vancouver highlighted.

The CP has deployed crews and equipment to the region, and CP engineering teams are working to repair the damaged rail corridor where it is safe to do so. In an effort to protect the operating fluidity of the CP’s intermodal terminals, the CP will not be accepting intermodal containers destined for Vancouver at any of the CP’s terminals until further notice.

BNSF

Updated Wednesday, 11/17/21

BNSF is currently addressing service disruptions in northwestern Washington and British Columbia, Canada, due to flooding. Heavy rainfall during the past few days produced track washouts, landslides, and high water locations on several BNSF subdivisions.

BNSF is currently experiencing delays to rail operations in the region north of Seattle. Multiple track outages in British Columbia have significantly impacted interchange with Canadian carriers. An embargo is currently in effect for all freight designated to move to/from locations on the main line running between Sumas, Washington and Vancouver.

Map of the BNSF's railroad outages in the Northwestern Coast area.

Some affected BNSF track returned to service on Tuesday, 11/16/21, while the BNSF Bellingham Subdivision running between Everett, Washington and the Canadian border fully reopened during the afternoon of Wednesday, 11/17/21. The estimated reopening of the main line between Burlington and Sumas, Washington is still pending. Conditions in the region have improved in the last couple of days; however, flooding issues in some locations may persist with the chance for additional rain in the forecast.