User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


56° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

SD Officials Can Learn From ND Derailment

December 31, 2013, 4:35 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

SD Officials Can Learn From ND Derailment
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

It happened in North Dakota and emergency officials know it could also happen here.

South Dakota has more than 1,800 miles of railroad, and a train derailment which led to dangerous explosions Monday near Casselton, North Dakota, is a dramatic reminder of what can go wrong on the rail lines that run through rural communities in the state.

"All these things with the energy needs of the country have the potential to impact our communities significantly if we're not prepared," Minnehaha County Emergency Manager Lynn DeYoung said.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway officials say about 20 cars carrying crude oil caught fire Monday, causing dangerous and dramatic explosions after the derailment.

While it may look like a major disaster, DeYoung says it’s fortunate that the incident didn't happen as the train was passing through the small North Dakota town. The mayor of Casselton says if the derailment had happened in town, it's likely that dozens of people would have been killed.

"I would say this is probably the best place to have an incident. It's outside a community but still within an area where they have available resources," DeYoung said.

Because it was not in town, officials are letting the fire burn out. However, if something like this happens in a town, DeYoung says emergency responders would try to put the fire out. DeYoung says there are two specialized trailers in Minnehaha County to use on oil fires just like the one near Casselton.

"The City of Sioux Falls developed a foam trailer and then we developed one out in the county that carries specialized nozzles, hoses and foam and can be used to put those hydrocarbon fires out if and when they do occur," DeYoung said.

Minnehaha County emergency crews have held at least two train derailment drills in the past four years and as the fire burns out in North Dakota, South Dakota officials plan to ask those emergency crews to talk about their response with crews here.

"We're definitely going to look at the potential for lessons learned, what they did right, what they did wrong, how it's affected their community," DeYoung said.

And with hundreds of miles of track running through South Dakota, officials are always mindful that a similar incident could also happen in any community here.

The evacuation recommendation for Casselton was lifted Tuesday afternoon.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES


 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Parker Teen Dies In One Vehicle Crash

4/12/2014 10:18 AM

16-year-old Tonya Anderson from Parker, SD died in a one vehicle crash west of Sioux Falls on Highway 42 on Friday.

Full Story
Woman Killed In Sioux Falls Home

4/16/2014 6:01 PM

Sioux Falls police are investigating a murder in the southwest part of the city.

Full Story
SF Woman Dies In Crash Near Brookings

4/12/2014 10:34 AM

A Sioux Falls woman died in a two vehicle crash on I-29 south of Brookings.

Full Story
SF Murder Victim Stabbed, Suspect Got Pills

4/17/2014 10:12 AM

Sioux Falls Police have released the names of the suspect and victim in the city's second homicide of 2014.

Full Story
Missing Girls Case Update On Tuesday

4/15/2014 7:15 AM

Authorities plan to release an update on the investigation into the 1971 disappearance of two South Dakota girls.

Full Story


Events

 
 
KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED