Grain exports from Saskatchewan through the Port of Churchill are expected to be shut-down for the second year in a row as the Hudson Bay rail line has been hit by severe spring flooding.
Omnitrax president Merv Tweed says service has been suspended for an indefinite time and service is not expected to resume before the winter season.
He says early assessment indicates the worst flooding in a century has washed away the track in 19 locations.
“I really don’t think people appreciate how bad it is,” Tweed said. “Or how bad it could become, until the water recedes.”
Grain shipments were halted last year due to limited demand and rising railway losses.
Churchill accounts for about two-percent of Saskatchewan grain exports.