Nearly 500 passengers stuck on passenger trains stalled by flooding

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Nearly 500 Amtrak passengers spent the night on trains that were stopped in Wisconsin, according to a spokesperson for Amtrak. 

Amtrak issued the following statement Wednesday morning:

Amtrak Empire Builder Trains 7/27 and 8/28, which operate daily between Chicago, Portland and Seattle, have been delayed overnight in Wisconsin due to flooding on the track. There are 218 passengers on board 8/28 and 267 passengers on board 7/27 with no reported injuries. Amtrak has been providing food and beverage service for passengers on both trains and these trains are designed for overnight travel.

Road closures and continuing heavy rain have hampered the initial repair work that freight railroad crews need to perform in order for the track to return to service. Trains will proceed when the temporary track closures end and when it is safe to do so.

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Nearly 500 Amtrak passengers spent the night on trains that were stopped in Wisconsin, according to a spokesperson for Amtrak. 

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, 27 News was told two trains traveling in Wisconsin had to stop due to weather. One in Tomah and the other near Portage. 

We are told the trains are in good working order and will continue travel once it is safe to do so. No estimated time was given.

People on-board are being fed and the hotel functions of the train are working. 

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