UPDATE: Train derails near Doon, Iowa, spilling crude oil
UPDATE 5:30PM: Aerial video shows more than two dozen oil tanker cars piled up on each other, serving as an artificial metal island amidst the floodwaters.
The BNSF railway says the train was coming from Alberta in Canada.
That company has deployed its hazardous materials and environmental experts who are already on scene.
We were told, "The fire department did put out some stuff to try to capture some of the fuel, DNR is here we have emergency management from three different counties here."
They are using booms to prevent the oil from spreading and collecting it with skimmers and vacuums.
Four nearby homes were evacuated after the crash, it's not clear when those people will be able to return to their homes.
We were also told that, "It's all going to depend on the weather, in fact if the wind changes we might have an issues with the folks in Doon in south, but we are hoping the weather cooperates with us its not raining thankfully today and as long as the
weather as it is we won't have to do any evacuating today."
BREAKING: Evacuations have been ordered in Sioux County after a train derailment this morning.
Evacuations cover Garfield Avenue from 270th street to 280th street.
The Lyon County Sheriff says that 30 cars derailed about 4:30 am this morning.
The Sheriff says the derailment is most likely caused by the flooding of the Little Rock River.
The cars are leaking crude oil into flooded water and authorities are not sure if it's severe or minor just yet.
Four homes south of Doon have been evacuated for precaution and mostly due to the heavy smell of oil.
Sheriff says this will be a long time cleaning up.
No injuries are reported.
The Iowa DNR is on scene and is assisting the other agencies.
BNSF has released a statement:
At approximately 4:30 a.m. this morning a freight train hauling crude oil from Alberta, Canada derailed 33 cars just south of Doon, Iowa. Some of the cars were compromised, but the exact number is uncertain at this time. BNSF is working with local authorities on our response to the situation. Our hazardous materials and environmental experts are on the scene and have mobilized response equipment throughout the day. We are containing the oil that was spilled as close to the incident as possible using containment booms and recovering it with skimmers and vacuums trucks. We regret any convenience this incident has caused and are working directly with those impacted. There were no injuries reported. Further updates will be provided when available.