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DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska – Street crews have cleared a trail in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve, and buses safely returned about 300 stranded tourists to the park entrance. Rain triggered mudslides, causing excess water from a culvert the only road inside the giant park damaged.

Park Speaker Paul Ollig told The Associated Press that all stranded passengers returned to the park entrance by midnight.

The team did a great job in responding to several landslides on a fairly remote stretch of road, "said Erika Jostad, Denali's Ranger boss. "The endangered team monitored the conditions while the road crew cleared debris. It was a great example of teamwork.

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"Park staff have done a remarkable job on it, ensuring the safety and comfort of the incident Park visitors. People from all disciplines have teamed up to do this important job safely. "

The day before, Denali's Superintendent had blocked Denali Park Road for all traffic on Mile 30.

Similar debris flows led to days of traffic restrictions last week. Continuous heavy rains kept the road and the surrounding tundra saturated with water ever since.

Also on Friday, the Alaska Railroad announced in a press release that it had shut down operations north of the park because heavy rains had caused erosion under a retaining wall. [19659007] Offensive message: Airport security staff fired because he received a note saying "You ugly !!!" to a passenger

The passenger and freight traffic is stopped by the area at the earliest on late Monday, it was said in a statement of the railway.

The railroad added that passengers continue to travel north or south from Denali Park The Alaska Railroad or service provided by Alaska Railroad through Holland America / Princess or Premier Alaska Tours should be delayed.

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