Flooding halts some Missouri Amtrak services

1 year 1 month 3 weeks ago Wednesday, May 03 2017 May 3, 2017 Wednesday, May 03, 2017 2:34:00 PM CDT May 03, 2017 in News
By: Erin Reynolds, KOMU 8 Reporter
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JEFFERSON CITY – Flooding has suspended Amtrak services from Kansas City to St. Louis this week. Water over portions of the track has made some areas impassable.

Missouri Department of Transportation Railroad Operations Manager Kristi Jamison said water on the tracks is especially prevalent near St. Louis, where the line follows the river very closely.

Ticketed passengers will be provided transportation via bus, instead. Some delays are expected on bus routes.

Jamison said the department is hopeful tracks will be open by this weekend, but it depends on the weather.

“We are just kind of taking this day by day to decide what we’ll do later on in the week,” she said.

The host railroad, Union Pacific, has procedures to make sure the tracks are safe once floodwaters recede.

Jamison said this is not the first time routes have been suspended.

“Of course, being in Missouri, you never know what’s going to happen with the weather,” she said.

The Missouri River Runner is not the only route affected by floodwaters. Jamison said Texas Eagle, a route that makes a stop in St. Louis, has been re-routed. The Arcadia Valley station in southeastern Missouri is being bypassed because of the water.

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