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Susitna River flooding shuts down some Alaska Railroad train service

  • Author: Annie Zak
  • Updated: May 12, 2018
  • Published May 12, 2018

Flooding and overflow ice shut down Alaska Railroad train service north of Talkeetna on Saturday morning and is expected to last through Monday. (Courtesy Alaska Railroad)

Flooding and ice overflow caused by ice jams on the Susitna River near Curry shut down Alaska Railroad train service north of Talkeetna on Saturday morning and is expected to last through Monday, a press release from the Alaska Railroad Corp. said.

"Water is over the rail for approximately two miles and there are potential washouts in several locations from ice overflow between ARRC mileposts 247 and 250," the press release said. "ARRC personnel are continuing to assess damages in the area."

The southbound Aurora train and freight trains in both directions that were scheduled for Sunday have been canceled.

Passengers who were on a northbound Aurora train Saturday from Anchorage "were transitioned to motorcoach in Talkeetna to complete trips to Denali and Fairbanks," the statement said.

"Potential cancellations of Monday's train service will be determined on Sunday," the release said.

Flooding and overflow ice shut down Alaska Railroad train service north of Talkeetna on Saturday morning, May 12, 2018, and is expected to last through Monday. (Courtesy Alaska Railroad)
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