Train Wreck in Iowa Dumps 230,000 Gallons of Oil into Floodwaters

Train Wreck in Iowa Dumps 230,000 Gallons of Oil into Floodwaters

"We are containing the oil that was spilled as close to the incident as possible using containment booms and recovering it with skimmers and vacuum trucks", he said.

City spokesman Travis Olson says 12 blocks of the city with between 50 and 70 homes - were evacuated Thursday when the Rock River came out of its banks.

The oil spilled into the swollen Little Rock River in Lyon County when 32 oil tanker cars derailed Friday.

Williams said he was unsure how much oil leaked and how numerous cars were leaking.

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

Almost half - 100,000 gallons - of the spilled oil has been contained with booms near the site, but some of the crude oil did make its way into the floodwaters and nearby rivers.

"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. The train was carrying crude from the oil sands of western Alberta to Stroud, Oklahoma.

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Crews are working to clean up a BNSF oil train derailment in Iowa that dumped crude into floodwaters, while officials seek to get a handle on the extent of the spill and its cause. ConocoPhillips spokesman Daren Beaudo said each tanker can hold more than 25 000 gal. of oil.

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

It's also unclear how many cars derailed and what caused the derailment.

Cities downstream from the spill are monitoring their water systems. The spill reached the Rock River, which joins the Big Sioux River before merging into the Missouri River at Sioux City.

"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.

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.

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