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Mudslide cleared off rails in White Rock, Amtrak service still suspended

Last Updated Jan 5, 2019 at 5:52 pm PST

Amtrak Train. (Source: iStock)
Summary

A mudslide has been cleared off the tracks in White Rock

Service has been cancelled between Vancouver and Bellingham until the tracks could be cleared and deemed safe

Trips are expected to resume Sunday afternoon

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The mudslide that was blocking Amtrak’s train corridor in White Rock has been cleared, but those hoping to make a trip south of the border will still have to wait.

The track was blocked yesterday putting a stop to passenger trips on its Cascade line between Vancouver and Bellingham. Those trips are still suspended until at least Sunday afternoon.

BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says that they were able to remove debris from the tracks so freight trains can resume their travels.

A 48-hour suspension of Amtrack’s services went into effect at noon on Friday because slopes are unstable. Cancellations on Friday had Amtrack offering affected passengers alternative bus transportation.

RELATED: Mudslide halts Amtrak service between Vancouver, Bellingham until at least Sunday

Track cranes from the U.S. and Canada were brought in to remove debris from the landslide that was around 60 feet wide and 10 feet deep.

BNSF has said they would have geotech experts to assess the slope is stable, and it will be contginuing inspections of the area to make sure it’s safe for trains to pass through.

– With files from Denise Wong, Martin MacMahon