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A 300M section of the Katherine-Darwin rail line has been washed away because of rain.
Owners Genesee & Wyoming have issued a statement to the NT News saying:
"Severe storms associated with recent cyclonic activity in the region, have damaged an estimated 300-metre section of track. Rail embankment has been washed away from the damaged section, making the track impassable. No trains were involved in the incident.
"The damage is located 26-kilometers south of Adelaide River.
"Alternative road freight services ex-Katherine are being organised by GWA to accommodate scheduled intermodal services during this time. All customers have been notified of the incident by GWA, including Great Southern Rail, the operator of The Ghan.
"Work is expected to commence at the site later today to repair the damaged track. Weather permitting, the line is expected to reopen early next week. "
More than 61mm of rain has fallen at Darwin's official station at the airport since 9am yesterday, while out at Noonamah, more than 170mm has fallen through the same period.
The Cyclone Warning for communities between the Daly River Mouth and Kalumburu in WA has been cancelled.
This article first appeared on www.ntnews.com.au
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