Iowa gov to visit site of derailment, oil spill

Iowa gov to visit site of derailment, oil spill

The derailment also caused concern downstream, including as far south as Omaha, Nebraska, approximately 150 miles (240 km) from the derailment site.

The railroad will focus on environmental recovery. The river rose rapidly after 13 to 18 cm of rain fell in the days prior to the derailment.

Williams said officials hoped to reach the cars sometime Saturday. 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.

BNSF Railroad is asking anyone with damage as a result of that derailment to contact them to get everything cleaned up and repaired. "We've had skimmers working since yesterday on the floodwater south of the site".

Sheriff Vander Stoep said, "There is so much food for the workers and for us at the incident command, it's just incredible how little these communities come together".

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. The train was carrying oilsands from Alberta, Canada, to Stroud, Oklahoma, for ConocoPhillips. He did not know how much had spilled. ConocoPhillips spokesman Daren Beaudo says each tanker can hold more than 25,000 gallons.

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"We lease those cars and are in the process of verifying with the owners the exact rail vehicle specifications", Beaudo said in an email.

Drone footage released by authorities in Iowa shows oil spreading across flooded fields following a devastating train derailment.

The community of Rock Valley, Iowa has been especially hard hit, confronted by floodwaters, the train derailment and an unrelated fire in the course of 24 hours.

Danger from the spill has been exacerbated by recent rainfall, which has caused the Rock River to overflow its banks along the route of the train tracks.

Olson says the city, with a population of almost 3,400, will use the rural water supply until testing by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources confirms the safety of the city's drinking water.

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