Trenton rail station still submerged, halting Amtrak service

Floodwaters caused by Hurricane Irene are posing problems for commuters trying to get in and out of New Jersey’s capital city. They are also standing in the way of Amtrak travelers.

Tracks at the Trenton rail station, used by Amtrak and commuter trains, were still under water Monday after the Assunpink Creek rose to record levels and spilled over its banks.

An Amtrak representative said Monday trees and debris were also pushed on the tracks. It’s not clear when service along the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Philadelphia will resume.

The Statehouse parking garage was closed off and unavailable for state workers Monday after floodwaters from the nearby Delaware River washed into the facility. It was expected to be closed at least through Tuesday.

State workers Monday morning also ran into gridlock with the closure of flooded Route 29, which runs along the Delaware River.

Officials say commuters will just have to find alternative ways to travel—and other sites to park—until the floodwaters recede.

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