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Freight Companies Scramble to Reroute Goods in Wake of Harvey

Trucking fleets, railroads and shipping lines look for alternative routes as Tropical Storm Harvey disrupts a major transportation hub

By Paul Page and Brian Baskin
Updated Aug. 28, 2017 7:04 p.m. ET

Trucking fleets, railroads and shipping lines are rerouting cargo and setting up alternate supply lines as Tropical Storm Harvey promises to disrupt freight traffic across southeast Texas for days.

Seaports in Houston and Corpus Christi have been closed to most ships since before Harvey made landfall Friday, and rising waters from days of heavy rains and catastrophic flooding are threatening long stretches of highways and railroad tracks, bringing freight transportation in a major American hub to a virtual standstill.

The number of Houston-area trucking runs requested plunged 80% Sunday, according to the most recent data from DAT Solutions, an online load board.

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