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Rail links cut by floods and fire being repaired and reopened

<p>Work has begun to repair damaged rail links that bore the brunt of flooding in South Australia and western New South Wales on Sunday.</p> <p>Australian Rail Track Corp general manager infrastructure and asset management Tim Ryan told <em>Lloyd’s List DCN</em> that the line between Broken Hill and Adelaide, cut at Leigh Creek, should reopen tomorrow.</p> <p>More seriously, the track between Whyalla and Port Augusta, that services One Steel’s output, was hit by &#8220very severe flooding in about seven locations, one of them much worse than the others&#8221, Mr Ryan said.</p> <p>ARTC predicted repairs there would take at least five days.</p> <p>Its main east-west line, cut for 36 hours over the weekend at Port Germaine, was up and running again.</p> <p>South Australian power company Flinders Energy said it would still be able to meet demand, despite being unable to access coal supplies.</p> <p>Crews are working to repair about 1 km of damaged rail line which has blocked the flow of coal to Flinder’s power stations.</p> <p>Pacific National has re-routed 13 of its freight trains through Victoria because of the damage to the Broken Hill line.</p> <br />