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A weather-related mudslide disrupted service Saturday, October 21, 2023 on Metro-North’s Hudson and Amtrak lines in the Westchester County area. Drone images from the MTA show the extent of the damage.

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ALBANY — Most train service between Albany and New York City will be restored Monday after a mudslide in Westchester County halted service for the weekend.

Metro-North trains for out-of-town commuters will also run on a “near-normal” schedule starting at 5 a.m. Monday.

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Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office announced late Sunday afternoon that workers worked around the clock for 43 hours to remove piles of debris from two of the four tracks, allowing most Metro-North service to be restored. Then Amtrak said Sunday night that service “will be substantially restored” on Monday, with a few select Empire Service trains remaining canceled “as equipment is repositioned.” However, delays will affect trains resuming service between Albany and New York City. Check the Amtrak schedule here.

“Hundreds of thousands of commuters will be able to use Metro-North to commute to work Monday morning because of this extraordinary effort,” Hochul said in a statement.

However, Metro-North is adjusting schedules and canceling four of the 158 trains the railway operates on the line daily. During peak hours, reverse-peak trains will run expressly between Tarrytown and Croton-Harmon, the governor’s office said.

Riders are encouraged to check Train schedules Before they left their homes on Monday.

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The slide happened around 9:45 a.m. Saturday and blocked the Northern Railway tracks near Scarborough Station in the village of Briarcliff Manor. As a result, Metro-North Rail said, there was no service between the Tarrytown and Croton-Harmon stations.

Travelers taking trains south of Tarrytown over the weekend were encouraged to use the Harlem Line.

But no one north of Tarrytown was able to travel by train Sunday to and from New York City.

Hochul’s statement said workers had to remove 350 cubic yards of soil and debris, and 250 cubic yards of rock and cement walls, from two of the four tracks. Crews are using the homeowner’s rock wall that collapsed to help stabilize the ground surrounding the tracks, the statement said.

The governor’s office said work was expected to continue “for days” to remove remaining mud and debris. Crews were working through the night Sunday through Monday to rebuild 140 feet of third rail that was crushed.

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The mudslide occurred after heavy rains fell over much of the Hudson Valley.

The slide area received less than a half-inch of rain from Friday night into Saturday morning, which is not an abnormal amount, the National Weather Service said. But in September, the weather service recorded 10.45 inches of rain nearby in White Plains, meteorologist James Tommasini said.

Magazine news mentioned That the mudslide occurred at the end of Country Club Lane South, which is just west of Sleepy Hollow Country Club. The ground collapsed, breaking a stone wall and sending him onto the tracks below. Drone images shared by Metro-North showed the extent of the damage caused by the mudslide, almost reaching the foundation of the house where the slide occurred, with a crack visible in the backyard stone yard.

Crews worked through the night into Sunday to remove mud, broken rocks and a broken rock wall that borders the property before inspecting and repairing the damaged tracks, as well as restoring the third rails that supply power to the trains, Metro-North spokesman Aaron Donovan said.

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“The furthest path was the least affected, and that path closest to the mudslide was the most affected,” Donovan said.

Amtrak said Empire Service lines 233, 244, 238 and 235 remained canceled Monday. Regarding the operating lines: “As service resumes, remaining delays of 30 to 45 minutes are expected between Albany New York and New York City,” the company said in a statement.

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