KCS Service Status Update 9/8/17:
Network update / Hurricane Katia/ Mexico Earthquake
September 08, 2017
On Monday, we announced that service resumed for cross-border traffic to and from points on the Laredo-Houston/Kendleton Line. Today, we are pleased to announce that the Beaumont Subdivision is expected to be open late tomorrow, Saturday, September 9th, 2017.
Embargoes remain for traffic routed over the line between Beaumont and DeQuincy while we release the backlog of traffic and right-size our equipment needs to resume full service. We will announce when the embargoes for this traffic have been lifted.
Delays should be expected on all routes for some time while we reduce backlog and respect imposed speed restrictions given the conditions and repair work.
We continue to monitor both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Katia for possible implications to our network. Both hurricanes are expected to make landfall this weekend with Katia posing a threat closer to our network. According to the National Hurricane Center, Katia is currently a category 2 that may make landfall as a category 3 on the Gulf Coast of Mexico. Hurricane Katia is expected to drop 15 – 25 inches of rainfall over parts of Veracruz and surrounding states.
We will have extra crews on hand to assess the situations over the weekend and will report any changes to our network status in Mexico as a result of Hurricane Katia.
Additionally, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico occurred late last night. We are currently doing a full assessment of our network and will advise if there are any changes to our service based on this.
We appreciate your patience and understanding on these service interruptions. We will continue to update you as the status changes.
Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact our KCSR or KCSM Customer Solutions teams who will gladly assist you.