Almost half of Iowa crude oil spill contained, BNSF says

26 June, 2018, 02:43 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
  • Evacuations Ordered For Community Along Northwest Iowa River

He said almost half the spill had been contained with booms near the derailment site and an additional boom placed about 5 miles downstream.

ConocoPhillips spokesman Daren Beaudo says each tanker can hold more than 25,000 gallons.

Rock Valley, a small city just to the southwest of Doon where more than 30 oil tanker cars derailed into floodwaters, has shut off all its drinking water wells. The water towers also will be drained as a precaution, said Rock Valley public information officer Travis Olson.

Crews are working to contain and clean up crude that spilled when an oil train derailed in northwestern Iowa. The spill has raised concerns about drinking water downstream. He said Saturday that the cause of the derailment hasn't been determined.

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Leah Vanderbrink, of Doon, Iowa, said, "Around a quarter to five this morning, our neighbor called and said that a train derailed and had derailed into one of our fields".

Officials at the scene agreed that floodwater from the swollen Little Rock River played a part in causing the cars to leave the tracks, but said they weren't yet sure whether the waters compromised the track, physically pushed the cars off it or played a part in some other way.

A major part of the cleanup work includes building a temporary road parallel to the tracks to allow in cranes that can remove the derailed and partially-submerged oil cars. Williams had earlier said 33 oil cars had derailed. The spill reached the Rock River, which joins the Big Sioux River before merging into the Missouri River at Sioux City.

Doon is about 40 miles (65 kilometres) southeast of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where several rain-swollen rivers overflowed Thursday. Cleanup crews have been dispatched.

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Vander Stoep said four homes near the site were evacuated.

The National Weather Service says the Rock River is expected to crest later Friday about a foot below the 2014 record of almost 23 feet (7 meters), when several Rock Valley homes were damaged by the floodwater. Dozens of damaged cars are seen piled on the broken train tracks near the Rock River.

Evacuations have occurred downstream at Rock Valley, where the Rock River is expected to crest later Friday.

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