If flood waters and road closures aren’t enough, a train derailment just south of Doon is adding to the flood-related troubles in northwest Iowa.
Homes have been evacuated. Oil is being carried downstream into the Rock River.
KELOLAND’s Claire Lavezzorio spoke to the town’s mayor and people who live nearby.
500 people call the Northwest Iowa town of Doon home.
After a day of ravishing rains, the Van Der Brink’s are hoping to stay afloat.
“200 acres I suppose. I was where crops were good,” said Floyd Van Der Brink.
This is the couple’s farm, washed out by flood waters.
“Wait for the water to go down and see what we do next,” Leah Van Der Brink said.
The Van Der Brink’s are calling this the worst flood in Doon’s history.
Two main arteries into town are closed, covered with water.
But unfortunately, the problems don’t stop there.
An early morning train derailment sent dozens of tankers off the tracks. The mayor tells us it also sent crude oil straight into those flood waters.
“But, there’s fifty-something trucks coming in from different communities to start helping with cleanup and containment,” said Mayor Tim Mantel.
Although the town is being tested with more than its share of troubles, there’s a reason its residents choose to call Doon home.
“Doon is the best town you could live in. Everyone comes together, everybody helps everybody,” Mantel said.
“Everybody gets together and helps everybody else. It’s the way it is,” said Leah Van Der Brink.
The Doon Fire Department, Lyon County Emergency Management, and the Red Cross are providing resources for the town. Mayor Mantel says there’s more information to come on how to help out the northwest Iowa community.