Heavy weekend rains sent mudslides onto Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks north of Seattle, affecting passenger train traffic.
A mudslide over the weekend that caused an Amtrak train to derail will affect both commuter and passenger train service throughout Washington for the next few days.
Authorities have completed evacuations of 34 homes that were damaged, isolated or threatened by a mudslide early Wednesday about 50 miles north of Seattle in Puget Sound.
mudslide Thursday afternoon just north of Mukilteo has halted passenger train service until at least Saturday afternoon between Seattle and Everett.
Freight train traffic has resumed on a stretch of rail south of Everett, Wash., that was hit by a mudslide that derailed a freight train. However, a fresh mudslide has extended a moratorium on passenger train traffic in the area.
Heavy rain and winds caused a mudslide that hit Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks about 1:30 a.m. Monday in the Nisqually area north of Olympia.
Forecasters say a half-inch to more than 2 inches of rain fell Monday night, adding to the 2 to 5 inches of rain that fell in the lowlands in the past week. The soaking has increased the landslide risk level to moderate.
A recent slide put a mandatory 48-moratorium for passenger trains in between Seattle and Everett — commuters won’t know if service will resume until Sunday night.
Heavy rains and winds are affecting passenger train service between Seattle and Everett.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for portions of Washington because of heavy rains expected Tuesday and Wednesday.