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Amtrak Service Disrupted By N.D. Flooding

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DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) – Amtrak officials say flooding in northern North Dakota has forced a temporary shutdown of passenger rail service between St. Paul, Minn., and Spokane, Wash.

The company says two bridges are threatened because of rising water in the Devils Lake basin, and the rail station in Minot was closed after water flooded the basement.

Amtrak has canceled service through Thursday in North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Minnesota, except in St. Paul. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says further updates will be made available later Wednesday.

BNSF Railway owns the tracks on which Amtrak’s Empire Builder line runs. Magliari says railway officials are inspecting the bridges and rail bed near Churchs Ferry.

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