Already dealing with flooding from recent heavy rains, residents near the Little Rock River were evacuated Friday morning when a trail derailed, leaking oil into the river that feeds into Rock River.
The spill happened near the town of Doon in Lyon County. According to the Sioux City Journal:
Residents from several farms were evacuated early Friday morning after a train carrying oil derailed, spilling some of its contents into floodwaters of the Little Rock River 1.5 miles south of Doon.
A firefighter serving the Doon Volunteer Fire Department said he was paged at 5:46 a.m. and asked to respond to a BNSF derailment some 1.5 miles west of the intersection of 270th Street and Goldfinch Avenue. Fire fighters arrived at the scene and were greeted with a strong odor surrounding some 31 cars that had left the track in an area supposedly compromised as it was surrounded on both sides by floodwaters from the Little Rock River.