Customer Advisory - Hurricane Laura
Updated 1 pm, Thursday, Aug. 27
Schneider is working with individual customers and drivers with shipments into and out of potentially impacted areas. Our number one priority is the safety and well-being of associates and protecting customers’ freight.
If you are planning any contingencies such as facility closures or adjusting freight pick up or delivery dates/times, please contact your representative with those details.
Additionally, if you have weather-related freight (emergency loads to the affected areas) let your representative know and we can help facilitate those shipments. If you do not have a representative email firstname.lastname@example.org for immediate service.
Thursday, Aug. 27 update:
Hurricane Laura made landfall as a powerful Category 4 hurricane early Thursday morning in Louisiana with 150 mph winds and more than 9 feet of storm surge that ripped buildings to pieces, knocked out power to hundreds of thousands and inundated the coastline.
Schneider operating centers and associates have avoided flooding and wind damage.
Although still very powerful, Laura has now been downgraded to a Tropical Storm.
Intermodal update: BNSF continues to hold all New Orleans-bound trains from moving into the area and re-routing traffic through alternate gateways as needed. Inbound and outbound gate activity at our Houston (Pearland) Intermodal and Automotive Facilities is suspended.
Wednesday, Aug. 26 update:
We have stopped routing company drivers into the Louisiana and Eastern Texas areas.
Repositioned equipment to avoid flooding or wind damage.
Intermodal update: KCS New Orleans operations are closed until further notice. The UP routes between Beaumont and Houston are closed and will impact cross-border service. Hurricane Laura is expected to strengthen into a Category 4 as it heads for a destructive landfall near the Texas and Louisiana border Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. A catastrophic storm surge and damaging winds will batter the region and a threat of flooding rain and strong winds will extend well inland.