Amtrak service disrupted by Devils Lake flooding

Associated Press
Devils Lake resident Brenda Langerud submitted this photo of Amtrak heading back east on Memorial Day, as there was water over the tracks at Churchs Ferry.

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — Flooding in the Devils Lake basin in northeast North Dakota is affecting Amtrak service between St. Paul, Minn., and Spokane, Wash.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says two bridges near Churchs Ferry are threatened by rising water, and until the situation is addressed Amtrak is stopping service in North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Minnesota, except in St. Paul.

BNSF Railway owns the tracks on which Amtrak's Empire Builder line runs. Magliari tells the Grand Forks Herald that railway officials are inspecting and bridges and rail bed.