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Residents Being Evacuated in Sioux County Iowa For Train Derailment

Update 12:20 p.m.

Crews are trying to determine how quickly crude oil leaking from derailed railroad tanker cars in northwest Iowa will reach cities downstream.

One or more of 31 tanker cars on the derailed train is leaking into floodwaters surrounding the tracks near Doon, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The train derailed around 4:30 a.m. Friday.

It's not yet clear how many tankers are leaking or how much oil has escaped.

Ken Hessenius with the Iowa Natural Resources Department says his crews will try to determine how fast the oil is being carried downstream by the rain-swollen Little Rock River. It joins the Rock River a few hundreds yard west, which courses south into the Big Sioux River. That empties into the Missouri River at Sioux City.

He says towns supplied by shallow wells near the Rock River have been alerted about possible contamination.

 




9:53 a.m.

The Sioux County Sheriff's Office said Friday that residents living along a rural road south of Doon have left their homes. Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep in neighboring Lyon County says the train derailed between 5 and 5:30 a.m. Friday just south of Doon. He says it's unclear how much oil has leaked.

 


8:01 a.m. 

KELOLAND News is on the scene of the train derailment that was carrying crude oil. Tim Mantel, the Mayor of Doon, Iowa, said 50 cleanup semis are in route and the disaster board may order a two-mile evacuation. 
 

 

 

Just talked to the Mayor of Doon about train derailment and flooding...Lyon County EM is helping, 50 cleanup semis in route, disaster board may order a 2 mile evacuation which is the whole town of Doon @keloland

 

Claire Lavezzorio@KELOClaire

Just talked to the Mayor of Doon about train derailment and flooding...Lyon County EM is helping, 50 cleanup semis in route, disaster board may order a 2 mile evacuation which is the whole town of Doon @keloland

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7:26 a.m.
Residents in Sioux County, Iowa are being evacuated early Friday morning because of a train derailment. 

In a tweet at 6:25 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff's Department said residents located on Garfield Avenue from 270th Street to 280th Street are being ordered to evacuate.

 

 

Sioux County Sheriff@siouxcosheriff

Mandatory Evacuation for residence of Garfield Ave from 270th and 280th St. due to a train ... from Sioux County Sheriff's Office : Nixle https://local.nixle.com/alert/6640170/ 

Mandatory Evacuation for residence of Garfield Ave from 270th and 280th St. due to a train ... from...

Mandatory Evacuation for residence of Garfield Ave from 270th and 280th St. due to a train derailment.

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