Estimated 230,000 gallons of oil spilled | AP business

Estimated 230,000 gallons of oil spilled | AP business

Estimated 230,000 gallons of oil spilled | AP business

City public information officer Travis Olson says the wells were shut down as soon as Rock Valley officials were told of the derailment and oil spill north of them early Friday morning.

Some officials have speculated that floodwaters eroded soil beneath the train track.

Drone footage released by authorities in Iowa shows oil spreading across flooded fields following a devastating train derailment. The nearby Little Rock River rose rapidly after heavy rain Wednesday and Thursday. Reynolds visited the derailment site Saturday afternoon as part of a tour of areas hit by recent flooding.

Andy Williams, the spokesperson for BNSF, says that 14 out of 32 of the derailed train cars spilled the oil into the flood waters. The BNSF Railway Company has not revealed how much oil the tankers were carrying, and said it doesn't know how much oil has leaked, but that a clean-up is underway.

Crews will then use equipment to separate the oil from the water. Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep (VAN'-dur stoop) in neighboring Lyon County says the train derailed between 5 and 5:30 a.m. Friday just south of Doon.

Despite the rising water outside, the oil spill turned Rock Valley's focus to the safety of the water inside, ultimately deciding to turn off all locally sourced water.

Sheriff Vander Stoep said, "There is so much food for the workers and for us at the incident command, it's just fantastic how little these communities come together".

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

The derailment also caused concern downstream, including as far south as Omaha, about 150 miles from the derailment site. The train was carrying crude from the oil sands of western Alberta to Stroud, Oklahoma.

Metropolitan Utilities District said it was monitoring pumps it uses to pull drinking water from the Missouri.

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. The spill reached the Rock River, which joins the Big Sioux River before merging into the Missouri River at Sioux City.

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