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Batten Down The Hatches 3/19/12


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#1 laming

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:43 PM

This just in:

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We have received a warning from the National Weather Service that CATASTROPHIC AND LIFE-THREATENING flooding will take place around the entire area from Fort Smith north all the way to Springdale, AR. Crawford County is expecting 8 - 12 inches of rain Monday - Wednesday.

Rain accumulation by region:

Springdale north into Missouri: 4 - 8 inches.

Sprindale south to Fort Smith: 8 - 12 inches.



Today, as soon as we finished switching the port complex inside the levee on the Van Buren side of the river, they were moving equipment out and preparing to shut the flood gates behind us as we left. Businesses along the river are sealing/sandbagging as best they can.

The railroad is dispatching ballast cars to arrive in Fort Smith tonight for loading tomorrow. They're anticipating multiple washouts.

Apparently, we're in for a rough ride. May be a long week and weekend on the rails.

Sooo... 'ya wanna' railroad?

#2 Bananarama

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:06 AM

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Sooo... 'ya wanna' railroad?

"We're gonna' need a bigger boat!"

#3 laming

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:32 PM

Fortunately, the "catastrophic" stuff didn't hit us as hard as expected. We had flooding, but nothing major. The rails of the A&M are in fine shape, The Port Of Van Buren opened their flood gates today... business is getting back to normal.

Next on the schedule: Tornado and spring flooding season.