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By Tim Leeds 

Empire Builder shuts down Montana run due to flooding

 


The passenger train that runs through Montana has been stopped due to flooding, with the national passenger rail service awaiting updates today about when service may resume.

Marc Magliari, Amtrak spokesman, said this morning the Empire Builder's run through most of Minnesota and all of Montana, North Dakota and Idaho has been shut down for the moment.

"The Empire Builder was unable to operate in North Dakota yesterday and today, " Magliari said. "We'll know more about the situation for tomorrow later today. "

Flooding at Devil's Lake, N.D., shut down Amtrak operations there two days ago, and severe flooding at Minot, N.D., has created more problems, Magliari said. Flooding also is occurring in northern Montana, but the flooding in North Dakota is more of a concern for impacting the passenger train operations.

Magliari said the Empire Builder today was continuing to run from Spokane, Wash., to Portland, Ore., and Seattle and between Chicago and St. Paul, Minn.

Customers who have purchased tickets for the time the train will not run its normal route are receiving call backs and will receive refunds, he said.

 

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