Authorities continue cleanup efforts following a train derailment near New Hampton Saturday afternoon.
As many as six locomotives and four rail cars, including a tanker containing anhydrous ammonia, were involved when the trail derailed shortly after 4 p.m. about three miles southwest of New Hampton. The wreck caused a leak in the anhydrous ammonia tanker, leading to the evacuation of residents in the immediate area. Those residents were allowed to return to their homes late Sunday morning.
In a media release Sunday afternoon, Chickasaw County Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Bernatz said “Our current weather modeling including wind speed and direction continues to show no danger to the City of New Hampton and its residents. The Iowa DNR is on scene monitoring water quality downstream.”
In an update late Monday morning, the New Hampton Fire Department says, “CP crews are continuing to work to mitigate the incident that occurred near the intersection of 220th Street and Ivanhoe Court. At this time 220th Street remains closed to thru traffic due to heavy truck operations in the area. We are still asking the public to avoid this area. Additional signage is being placed informing the public of the closure and how to detour.”
The FAA has also designated a no fly zone over the site for an altitude up to 3,000 feet and a radius of three miles around the derailment.
*pic courtesy Brian Mack