Associated Press Story Contains Errors About Union Pacific Railroad

Omaha, Neb., November 1, 2005 – In a story issued this afternoon about the New Orleans flood, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Union Pacific removed a floodgate near New Orleans' Industrial Canal because of damage caused by a train. The story went on to say that the Union Pacific Railroad had removed the gate for repairs, and dispatched employees to fill the gap with sandbags as Hurricane Katrina approached. This is not true.

Union Pacific does not operate any tracks, nor does it own any property, on the east side of the Mississippi River, and did not remove any floodgate.

Union Pacific has requested a correction from The Associated Press. The AP has refused to issue a correction, but agreed to remove the reference to Union Pacific in its story.

For further information, contact Kathryn Blackwell: (402) 544-3753.

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