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Union Pacific Contributes to Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Union Pacific pledged $250,000 to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The funds will be provided from a variety of company donations, demonstrating the railroad’s commitment to Houston and other affected railroad communities, and employees who live and work there.

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The company is immediately donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross and $50,000 to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Additionally, Union Pacific will match contributions to its “Friend to Friend” employee support network through Sept. 30, dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000.

The company will also match donations made to a Disaster Relief Matching Gifts Program for Hurricane Harvey, where employees can provide funding directly to American Red Cross, Salvation Army and others.

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Safety is Paramount

Union Pacific’s Southern Region is headquartered in Houston, a major freight rail hub for Union Pacific and the transportation industry.

Throughout the relief and recovery efforts, Union Pacific is committed to maintaining its unrelenting focus on employee, community and customer safety.

Operations Update

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Hurricane Harvey, downgraded Monday to Tropical Storm Harvey, continues causing heavy rain and widespread flooding in Houston and the surrounding area. The storm is predicted to persist for several more days, generating record rainfalls. A second landfall is predicted for Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning, with 50 total inches of rain expected in some areas by Friday.

As of Monday afternoon, specific impacts to Union Pacific operations include:

  • Suspended rail operations along the Texas Gulf Coast from Brownsville through Corpus Christi to Houston and east to Lake Charles, Louisiana.
  • Embargoes for all rail traffic destined to Gulf Coast locations and others within the Houston Service Unit. Union Pacific recommends customers consider diverting cars destined to the impacted area where feasible.
  • No trains operating through flooded and storm-damaged areas.
  • Conducting track inspections, where possible, in anticipation of resuming operations.
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