Due to the flooding in Western Washington, Amtrak Cascades, Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, and Amtrak’s Empire Builder is suspended due to the severe flooding. This restriction also applies to ALL freight trains. If you have loved ones on the train, they will be returning to their respective stations.
- #11 arrived PDX
- #501 arrived PDX 300p
- #500 arrived SEA 200p
- #506 is coming back to PDX… Stopped around Ostrander.
- #507 is turning at Olympia…. going back to Seattle..
BNSF also has a 200′ washout at Martin on the Stampede Subdivision and reportedly, there is a wash out on the Bellingham Subdivision which would make the North end trains suspended as well.
Update: 6:07pm – BNSF has pulled all the switch machines (which throws the railroad switch automatically) between Centralia and Chehalis. Slide at Solo Point near University Place. BNSF is under water at Mt. Vernon with reported extensive damage to main-line. Sumner and Puyallup has been ordered to evacuate from Brock Hansen of Puyallup.
Update: 6:20pm – WSDOT is closing a 20 mile segment of I-5, between exit 88 near the Lewis/Thurston county border south to exit 68, the US 12 interchange connecting with Morton and White Pass. WSDOT is planning to close I-5 between Fife and Tacoma in the next hour or two. Hwy 410, I-90 between North Bend and Easton, US 2 and Hwy 12 all remain closed.
Update: 7:15pm – The BNSF Railway bridge in Sumner is reportedly buckling from the force of the river.