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Estimated 230000 gallons of oil spilled

Evacuations Ordered For Community Along Northwest Iowa River Crude oil spills into Iowa river after freight train derailment
Frank Williams | 26 June, 2018, 21:43

Tanker cars from a freight train carrying crude oil are shown after a derailment along the Rock River south of Doon, Iowa, U.S.in this June 22, 2018 handout still image taken from aerial drone video.

Cleanup is underway in Iowa, where a train derailment has spilled almost 900,000 litres of crude oil from Alberta into the rain-swollen Rock River.

A Conoco spokesman said that each tank vehicle could hold more than 25,000 gallons of oil (about 600 42-gallon barrels).

The train's operator BNSF said 14 of the derailed cars had leaked oil, the Lyon County Daily News reported.

"We are working as quickly as we can to get this cleaned up", Williams said Saturday.

Her proclamation placed the blame for the derailment on the flooding, the Associated Press reported. The river rose rapidly after 13 to 18 cm of rain fell in the days prior to the derailment. He says almost half the spill had been contained with booms near the derailment site and an additional boom placed approximately 5 miles (8.05 kilometers) downstream.

Crews will then use equipment to separate the oil from the water.

The railroad will focus on environmental recovery.

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The train was carrying tar sands oil from Canada to Oklahoma for ConocoPhillips. ConocoPhillips spokesman Daren Beaudo said each tanker can hold more than 25,000 gallons (20,817 imperial gallons) of oil.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds toured flood-stricken areas of the state Saturday noting in social media posts, "I was impressed by the coordinated efforts of county & state emergency management".

The National Weather Service says the Rock River is expected to crest later Friday about a foot below the 2014 record of almost 23 feet (7 meters), when several Rock Valley homes were damaged by the floodwater.

The community of Rock Valley, Iowa has been especially hard hit, confronted by floodwaters, the train derailment and an unrelated fire in the course of 24 hours.

"We've had skimmers working since yesterday on the floodwater south of the site".

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.

Metropolitan Utilities District, which provides the Omaha metro area's drinking water, said it was monitoring the spill.

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