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RJ Corman's work set back by rail lines damaged by flood waters

Horry County, SC -

It could be a couple weeks before officials with RJ Corman can get a good look at the damage done to rail lines by flood waters. The original goal was to have the Carolina Southern Railroad up and running through Marion and Horry counties by the end of the year, but that deadline could be pushed back because of the work crews will have to do to salvage flooded tracks.
"Mother nature's a lot stronger than we are.We just got to take some bumps and bruises," RJ Corman's Bill Henderson said. "We had no idea what to anticipate, and there's really not anything you could do. This is an established infrastructure that can't be moved, so you just have to hope the infrastructure is built strong enough to withstand as much pressure as it can take."
However, some tracks just couldn't hold up, their foundations were washed away by flood waters.
"At least when we purchase a line there's some preexisting infrastructure that did not have to be changed out or replaced," Henderson said. "With this, you're going to have to start from scratch."
Earlier this year RJ Corman bought 80  miles of track extending through Marion and Horry counties, and the company is leasing another 14 miles that run from Conway to Myrtle Beach. Officials say they're committed to updating and maintaining these rail lines long term, but they couldn't predict the extra cost and time that will have to  be spent to repair what's been damaged by water.
"It is receding in certain areas, but it hasn't in others," Henderson said. "We have to let mother nature run its course, and we have to exhibit patience."
While parts of the tracks have been submerged, officials say their optimism for what the rail line could be one day is not completely under water.
"We're not going to be deterred, and we're going to make this thing successful," Henderson said.
The goal for work on the lines is to be completed by the end of the year. However, with that deadline a little more than two months away, officials are anticipating flood waters could push their deadline back a few weeks.

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