Cleanup Underway After Train Derailment Causes Oil Spill

Evacuations Ordered For Community Along Northwest Iowa River

Evacuations Ordered For Community Along Northwest Iowa River

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds was in northwest Iowa on Saturday to view and assess flood damage in Rock Valley and Hartley and the derailment and oil spill south of Doon.

In this aerial drone image taken from video and provided by the Sioux County Sheriff's Office, tanker cars carrying crude oil are shown derailed about a mile south of Doon, Iowa, Friday, June 22, 2018.

"We have representatives from the EPA, state, local, regional, regulators are on site overseeing what we're doing and working with them to make sure that we clean up in the appropriate way as it relates to federal law and state law", said BSNF spokesperson Andy Williams.

Williams says clean-up crews are working to contain the oil as close to the derailment as possible using containment booms, skimmers and vacuum trucks.

The public's interest in the train derailment is making it extremely hard for clean up and construction crews to get in and out of the area.

Williams said he did not immediately know the train's destination. More than 30 cars derailed after the tracks reportedly collapsed due to saturation from flood waters from the adjacent Little Rock River. The river rose rapidly after 13 to 18 cm of rain fell in the days prior to the derailment.

The Associated Press Tank cars carrying crude oil are shown derailed about a mile south of Doon, Iowa, on Friday. Within hours, the oil had spread five miles downriver.

Vander Stoep said that drinking water in Doon and the immediate area didn't seem to be in danger of contamination.

About 100,000 gallons had been hemmed off using booms out of the estimated 230,000 gallons spilled, BNSF said in a statement on Saturday. The water towers also will be drained as a precaution, said Rock Valley public information officer Travis Olson.

Despite the rising water outside, the oil spill turned Rock Valley's focus to the safety of the water inside, ultimately deciding to turn off all locally sourced water. "It sounds like the cleanup is going to take a while". Williams said officials hoped to reach the cars sometime Saturday.

Cleanup of an oil spill caused by the derailment of almost three dozen oil tankers in northwestern Iowa has begun.

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