BNSF: Estimated 230000 gallons of oil spilled in derailment

Major oil spill spreads across Iowa floodwaters forcing evacuations after train derails

"We have representatives from the EPA, state, local, regional, regulators are on site overseeing what we're doing and working with them to make sure that we clean up in the appropriate way as it relates to federal law and state law", said BSNF spokesperson Andy Williams.

Drone footage released by authorities in Iowa shows oil spreading across flooded fields following a devastating train derailment.

The sheriff said the "flood is definitely causing a lot of problems".

Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep said, "About 100 people are working on this and they are making some pretty good progress, they've been hauling oil out here all day long".

"In addition to focusing on the environmental recovery, ongoing monitoring is occurring for any potential conditions that could impact workers and the community and so far have found no levels of concern", Williams said.

Rock Valley, a small city just to the southwest of Doon where more than 30 oil tanker cars derailed into floodwaters, has shut off all its drinking water wells. In the meantime, the city is getting its water from the nearby Rock Valley Rural Water system, which Olson says is not in danger of being contaminated by the spill. "We had a large supply in our water towers and we are using our interconnection with rock valley rural water to recharge our water supply".

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

Crews are trying to determine how quickly crude oil leaking from derailed railroad tanker cars in northwest Iowa will reach cities downstream. Williams had earlier said 33 oil cars derailed.

Evacuations began in Rocky Valley early Friday morning as water poured into homes and basements. The spill reached the Rock River, which joins the Big Sioux River before merging into the Missouri River at Sioux City. He says the oil is being carried downstream into the Rock River a few hundred yards west.

Omaha's public water utility - Metropolitan Utilities District - said it was monitoring pumps it uses to pull drinking water from the Missouri River.

Then an unrelated fire at an industrial site about a mile south of town took emergency crews away from the derailment.

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