Amtrak passengers stranded in Creston


August 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Passengers onboard an Amtrak train traveling through Creston were stranded for nearly five-hours early Thursday morning, due to the impact of flooding in Iowa, and delays resulting from the earthquake earlier this week, in the eastern U-S. The train, which was traveling from Pennsylvania to Utah, was already nearly 12 hours behind schedule by the time it left Creston at 8:30-a.m., because of backups in service due to the earthquake.

The floods have created headaches for the railroads all summer long. In Omaha, a section of track had to be removed to build a levy near a sewage treatment plant, and, the Amtrak station in Omaha remains closed. All Amtrak passenger service and Burlington Northern Santa Fe coal routes are currently being rerouted through Creston.