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Rain triggers mud, rock slide that halts trains

DURANGO – Train service on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad will be limited through Friday after heavy rain flooded the tracks, causing a mud and rock slide that forced more than 500 passengers to return to Durango.Railroad spokeswoman Andrea Seid said Wednesday that mud, rocks and trees covered the tracks south of Silverton during a storm Tuesday.She said the mudslide prevented two of the four trains from reaching Durango on Tuesday and the trains had to back up to Silverton, where passengers boarded buses for the return trip to Durango. It used eight buses, including some borrowed from a rafting company, to bring passengers back to Durango.Seid said the trains are running, but will cut short their trip and run from Durango to Cascade Canyon, a distance of 26 miles, instead of going all the way to Silverton, which is 45 miles away. Passengers will receive a discount on their fares.Seid said the slide was discovered by a railway patrol car that alerted the trains before they reached the slide.”We’re fortunate there were no injuries,” she said.Seid said the mudslide briefly blocked the flow of the Animas River north of the La Plata-San Juan county line, but the water receded and crews were removing rocks, trees and mud Wednesday. She said crews were trying to determine whether the tracks were damaged. Farther east, storms brought more rain to southeast and southern Colorado and reports of a funnel cloud Wednesday. The National Weather Service office in Pueblo said the funnel cloud was reported just south of Nathrop in Chaffee County. There were no immediate reports of damage.The Colorado Springs Sky Sox postponed a game scheduled for Wednesday and rescheduled it for Thursday because of rain.—Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.com


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