Harvey disrupts business for Kansas City Southern, YRC Worldwide

Kansas City Southern and YRC Worldwide Inc. are among the companies waiting for the remnants of Hurricane Harvey to hit the road in the Houston area.

Kansas City Southern shut down parts of its line between Houston and Laredo on Friday as the storm approached. That’s a blow to the railroad, whose link between U.S. track and its Mexican railway run along the Gulf coast of Texas. The line is a major corridor for automobiles and appliances manufactured in Mexico for U.S. markets.

Overland Park-based YRC was also is waiting out the storm. Darren Hawkins, president of YRC Freight, told The Wall Street Journal that the company’s terminal in Houston had to be closed and had three feet of standing water in its parking lot.

Hawkins said that resuming operations after Harvey will take longer than with other large storms.

Read more: Kansas City Business Journal


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