Slide sends mud, debris over railroad tracks, halts passenger train service north of Seattle

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Heavy rain over the weekend caused mudslides around western Washington, including one that has stopped passenger train service between Seattle and the city of Everett, about 25 miles north.

South Transit is providing bus service for commuters who usually take the Sounder train to work on Monday.

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BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says the slide hit train tracks about 22 miles north of Seattle, covering 20 feet of track with mud and debris.

The National Weather Service says Sunday's rainfall broke records across western Washington.

A record set in 1974 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was topped by an inch of rain. The new record for the day is 2.2 inches.

Olympia broke a record set in 1997 with 2.08 inches. Bellingham broke a 1974 record with 1.14 inch of rain.

The Weather Service says Sunday was Seattle's third-wettest March day ever.