Securing the site and cleanup at the train derailment near New Hampton has taken a group effort.
Among the agencies providing support to Canadian Pacific (CP) Railroad following the crash, which occurred at approximately 4 p.m. Saturday, August 28th, was the New Hampton Fire Department. Chief Toby Schwickerath says the situation illustrated that fire departments like theirs can always use more firefighters.
Schwickerath says they have about 30 volunteer firefighters currently, but they can always use a reserve pool to draw from when other volunteers are unavailable.
Flooding in the New Hampton area caused the ground under the railroad tracks to give way about three miles southwest of New Hampton. CP is now in charge of cleanup and recovery of the site, which includes replacing a bridge that was destroyed by the derailment. Crews have been working 24 hours a day to expedite the completion of the process. The EPA and Iowa DNR are also monitoring the operations.