Canadian Pacific and Canadian National have been monitoring Saskatchewan, preparing to defend its infrastructure against flood waters as snow melts, Saskatchewan News reports.
“For CP, we've stepped up monitoring on our lines through Saskatchewan,” Ed Greenberg, CP’s spokesperson, told a Saskatchewan News reporter. “Part of that monitoring is doing track inspections more often than usual.”
“We're paying close attention to our track network,” he continued. “This includes the track itself, the bridges, the culverts — any signal equipment that could be impacted.”
Greenberg added that contingency plans were made several weeks ago to ensure that the Class I railroad can respond to any emergency, including stockpiling materials and making sure equipment and resources are in place. CP also has a team monitoring weather forecasts.
Rival CN has also been taking precautions in case of flood waters.
“Preparations include cleaning any debris that exists along our track that could become mobile during a flood,” said Warren Chandler, senior manager with public affairs, in an interview with a Saskatchewan News journalist. “We have staged sandbags in areas known to flood previously that will be ready for quick deployment.”
CN also has plans in place in case something does happen to the tracks and is currently working on fixing washed-out tracks near the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border. Both rail companies confirmed to Saskatchewan News that it is the only case so far of flooding affecting rails in the Canadian province.