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Landslide stops Amtrak service between Seattle, Portland

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

A man drives through a flooded roadway, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, near Littlerock, Wash. A storm that has brought record rainfall to the Northwest has prompted flood warnings, disrupted train traffic, closed roads and caused some power outages. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
A man drives through a flooded roadway, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, near Littlerock, Wash. A storm that has brought record rainfall to the Northwest has prompted flood warnings, disrupted train traffic, closed roads and caused some power outages. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
Associated Press

SEATTLE – Amtrak officials say a landslide blocking the tracks has temporarily stopped train service between Seattle and Portland.

The slide was reported Tuesday on the tracks between Tacoma and Lacey, Washington.

Amtrak said it would provide alternate bus transportation for passengers between Portland and Seattle. Officials said regular train service will resume at 8 a.m. Thursday.

More rain is expected in the lowlands before tapering early Wednesday. Rain from the past few days has brought many rivers to flood stage and increased landslide risk.

In the Cascade Mountains in Pierce and Lewis counties, as much as 2 feet of snow could fall Tuesday night, and mountain passes in King and Snohomish counties are likely to see 6 to 10 more inches of snow, the Seattle Times reported.

About a dozen trees toppled because of heavy snow at Stevens Pass on Monday, closing Highway 2 from Monday afternoon into early Tuesday between the summit and Coles Corner.

An avalanche warning is in effect through Wednesday afternoon for much of the Cascades in north and central Washington, and at Mt. Hood in Oregon, according to the Northwest Avalanche Center.

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