900000 litres of Alberta crude dumped into Iowa floodwater

900000 litres of Alberta crude dumped into Iowa floodwater

900000 litres of Alberta crude dumped into Iowa floodwater

More than 30 cars derailed after the tracks reportedly collapsed due to saturation from flood waters from the adjacent Little Rock River.

(Rock Valley) - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) visited the flooded ares of northwest Iowa Saturday afternoon.

Thirty-three oil tanker cars derailed Friday just south of Doon in Lyon County, leaking oil into surrounding floodwaters from the swollen Little Rock River.

She issued a disaster proclamation Saturday for Lyon and three other counties in response to rain-fueled flooding and the train derailment, the paper reported.

They're also building a road parallel to the tracks to try to get to the derailed and partially-submerged oil cars.

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Williams said oil will be removed from the containment site with equipment to separate the oil from the water. The Little Rock River rose rapidly after heavy rain Wednesday and Thursday.

The Associated Press 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, on Friday.

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". The train was carrying oilsands from Alberta, Canada, to Stroud, Oklahoma, for ConocoPhillips.

Officials say they don't know what caused the train to go off the rails, although a local, Jacob Faber, told the Des Moines Register that there was water on the train tracks.

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The spill threatened to contaminate drinking water for residents about 150 miles (240 km) downstream in Omaha, Nebraska.

"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.

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

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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