Evacuations Ordered For Community Along Northwest Iowa River

Evacuations Ordered For Community Along Northwest Iowa River

Evacuations Ordered For Community Along Northwest Iowa River

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.

Williams said he was unsure how much oil leaked and how numerous cars were leaking. He said almost half the spill had been contained with booms near the derailment site and an additional boom placed about 5 miles downstream.

Williams says oil will be removed from that containment site with equipment to separate the oil from the water.

The sheriff said the "flood is definitely causing a lot of problems".

Reynolds was set to visit the derailment site Saturday afternoon as part of a tour of areas hit by recent flooding.

Governor Adam Gregg listen to flood victims while visiting the northwest Iowa flood regions and the BNSF train derailment. 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.

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One or more of 31 tanker cars on the derailed train is leaking into floodwaters surrounding the tracks near Doon, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The river rose rapidly after 13 to 18 cm of rain fell in the days prior to the derailment.

Crews are trying to determine how quickly crude oil leaking from derailed railroad tanker cars in northwest Iowa will reach cities downstream.

The train was carrying tar sands oil from Canada to Oklahoma for ConocoPhillips. ConocoPhillips spokesman Daren Beaudo said each tanker can hold more than 25 000 gal. of oil.

Beaudo said Saturday that the derailed oil cars were a model known as DOT117Rs, indicating they were newer or had been retrofitted to be safer and help prevent leaks in the event of an accident.

"We've had skimmers working since yesterday on the floodwater south of the site". The spill has raised concerns about drinking water downstream.

"Our first major concerns are public water supplies", he said, adding that several towns that draw water from shallow wells near the Rock River have been alerted about possible contamination.

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