Amtrak restores service over flooding Missouri


June 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Amtrak is restoring its California Zephyr passenger train between San Francisco and Chicago, which was disrupted by the flooding Missouri River in the Omaha area.

Amtrak says Tuesday that service will be restored for the complete route, except in Omaha.

Service was suspended on June 7 between Denver and Chicago, which included Fort Morgan, Colo., Nebraska, and Iowa, except for Fort Madison, because of flooding and closures on Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks in the Omaha area.

Amtrak says service will resume on Wednesday with the eastbound train from California, and on Thursday with the westbound train in Chicago.

Temporary levees have been built over BNSF tracks to help protect Omaha and Bellevue. Amtrak says alternate transportation will be provided between Lincoln and Omaha and between Creston, Iowa, and Omaha.