Main rail line to Halifax washed out after heavy rains flooding

Following heavy rain and flooding over the weekend, a portion of the main rail line to Halifax has been washed out.

Near Millbrook, Newfoundland, a culvert on the main CN Rail track washed away, leaving a section of track that now dangles in the air.

“This is the only rail line we have going through here and it’s a total necessity,” a local told CTV News on Sunday.

According to CN Rail, a piece of its track close to Halifax has been shut down, including the 90 km north of the city’s Millbrook washout.

“To ensure the safe movement of passenger and freight traffic, crews are now assessing our track in the region and performing repairs. According to a statement released by CN Rail on Sunday, some repairs will be postponed until weather and flood occurrences pass.

Due to the flooding, VIA Rail has also released a travel warning.

The warning on the VIA Rail website states that “Train 14 and 15 may not be serving stops between Moncton and Halifax: Moncton station would then become train 15’s initial departing station and train 14’s final destination station.” If this is confirmed, no other transportation will be offered, and impacted passengers will be notified immediately.

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