The Latest: Landslide halts Amtrak service near Seattle

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Posted: Dec 08, 2015 7:26 PM
The Latest: Landslide halts Amtrak service near Seattle

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The latest on heavy rain in northwest Oregon (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Passenger rail service has been halted in the Portland and Seattle areas as wet, windy weather moves through the Northwest.

Amtrak on Tuesday closed tracks between Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, because of high waters north of Portland Union Station. Passengers using the Amtrak Cascades service will be taken by bus around the closed areas. Coast Starlight and Empire Builder trains will be rerouted through the area.

Earlier Tuesday, commuter train and Amtrak services were cancelled between Seattle and Everett because of a landslide on the tracks.

Train service will be halted until at least Thursday morning, part of a mandatory waiting period as tracks are inspected.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch or advisory for much of western Oregon and Washington, as well as high wind warnings for the coast and other areas.

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10:40 a.m.

Commuter train and Amtrak service between Seattle and Everett has been cancelled because of a landslide on the tracks as wet, windy weather moves through the Northwest.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of Western Washington, as well as high wind warnings for the coast and other areas.

Train service will be halted between Seattle and Everett until at least Thursday morning, part of a mandatory waiting period as tracks are inspected.

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10:30 a.m.

The state Department of Transportation says parts of several highways in western Oregon were closed Tuesday because of high water from heavy rainfall.

Flooding from the Wilson River closed highways east of Tillamook and flooding from the South Yamhill River closed roads in Yamhill County.

The agency expects a lengthy closure of Highway 22 in Yamhill County after a sinkhole affected both lanes. Another lengthy closure is expected for the Siletz Highway on the Oregon Coast. It was closed because of standing water and high tide is on the way.

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10 a.m.

Light rain fell during the morning commute in the Portland, Oregon, area, but downpours are forecast to return later Tuesday and again Wednesday night.

Monday's record-setting rainfall led to landslides, road closures and flooded homes. A flood watch for much of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington remains in effect through Thursday afternoon.

There were no major problems Tuesday morning, but several roads remained closed.

The Oregon Department of Transportation says a sinkhole opened up on Highway 22 in Yamhill County, southwest of Portland. It was discovered when a semi drove into it. The semi was removed two hours later.