Rail Links Severed By Flash Flooding

The Union Pacific Railroad has suspended service between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, while crews repair tracks that were washed out near Moapa. Union Pacific officials hope to have the track bed and rails repaired today Wednesday for freight service. The same storm and flash flooding that damaged the tracks Monday also closed a section of Interstate 15. Transportation officials say the highway could be closed for three or four days while repairs are completed. One shattered section of highway stretches for half a mile.

About 190 people were evacuated from the Moapa Band of Paiutes reservation after tribal officials warned that waters were close to breaching a Muddy River dam. Officials were assessing damage to properties with leaky roofs and wet floors where water breached flood control channels.

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