Railroad unloading oil from cars after Iowa derailment

Railroad unloading oil from cars after Iowa derailment

"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.

32 oil tanker cars derailed on Friday 22 June in Lyon County, Iowa. He said Saturday that the cause of the derailment hasn't been determined. Williams says some of the tankers were compromised, causing the oil to leak into floodwaters and eventually into the rain-swollen Little Rock River, but officials don't yet have an exact number of tankers that leaked oil.

"In addition to focusing on the environmental recovery, ongoing monitoring is occurring for any potential conditions that could impact workers and the community and so far have found no levels of concern", Williams said. Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep (VAN'-dur stoop) in neighboring Lyon County says the train derailed between 5 and 5:30 a.m. Friday just south of Doon.

Rock Valley, just southwest of the derailment, shut off its water wells within hours of the spill.

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.

Officials say 230,000 gallons spilled.

Olson says Rock Valley's water towers also will be drained as a precaution.

They're also building a road parallel to the tracks to try to get to the derailed and partially-submerged oil cars. The river rose rapidly after 13 to 18 cm of rain fell in the days prior to the derailment.

The city, with a population of almost 3,400, will stay on the rural water system until testing by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources confirms the safety of the city's drinking water, Olson said.

Metropolitan Utilities District, which provides the Omaha metro area's drinking water, said it was monitoring the spill. Williams had earlier said 33 oil cars derailed. It joins the Rock River a few hundreds yard west, which courses south into the Big Sioux River.

Four homes near the site have been evacuated.

Williams says crews have been skimming oil from floodwaters.

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