Mudslides and debris shutdown highway and delay Amtrak near Paterson, WA
State Route 14 is closed at State Route 221, near Paterson, Washington.
The closure, which happened at 10:30 p.m. Saturday was due to several mud slides and debris on the roadway between milepost 149 and 135 in Klickitat County.
Westbound State Route 14 traffic is being diverted onto State Route 221.
A dispatcher with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) says State Route 14 is covered in several miles of mud and debris and won't reopen until WSDOT crews can better assess the situation during daylight hours.
As a result of the mudslides and debris, an two trains -- an eastbound Amtrak train from Portland, OR to Spokane, WA and a westbound train from Chicago, IL to Portland, OR (with a stop in Spokane, WA) was delayed.
The WSDOT dispatcher says the delay of the eastbound train was to allow crews from the BNSF Railway to inspect the tracks.
The eastbound train was stopped near Wishram, WA while an inspection found that two places of the track near Paterson, WA were covered by water.
That eastbound train, originally headed to Spokane was returned to Portland, Oregon.
Those passengers will not be bussed to their destinations. Passengers can either make new arrangements on another train or request a refund.
As for the westbound train, passengers are being bussed from Spokane, WA to Portland, OR and to destinations in between.
For the latest WSDOT information on the area affected, click here.