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The Today File

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January 5, 2015 at 11:39 AM

Mudslides, flooding slow rail traffic in Washington

The Associated Press

Mudslides and flooding are having an impact on railroad traffic in Washington.

Trees and mud that slid onto the tracks from a slope near South Bellingham caused BNSF Railway to issue a 48-hour suspension of passenger operations on the line that runs between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says the slide happened about 9:20 a.m. Monday. The suspension will run until Wednesday. They plan to run freight on that line.

Melonas says a 70-foot-wide, 7-foot-deep slide north of White Rock, B.C., stopped train traffic at about 3:12 a.m. Crews cleared the tracks and freight operations resumed at 10 a.m.

They’re also dealing with high water on the BNSF double main line that runs from Seattle to Portland. They’ll continue to run trains on one set of tracks on that line.

Related: Heavy rains cause flooding, landslides and road closures in Western Washington

Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit, Weather Beat | Topics: mudslide, Vancouver B.C.

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