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Cleanup Continues Two Weeks After New Hampton Train Derailment

Canadian Pacific (CP) Railroad continues cleanup following the derailment of one of their trains about three miles southwest of New Hampton over two weeks ago. 

Flooding brought on by upwards of 10 inches of rain in just over a 24-hour period submerged the railroad tracks underwater when the train derailed at about 4 p.m. Saturday, August 28th. Chickasaw County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Coordinator Jeff Bernatz says CP crews are still on site, but cleanup efforts allowed most of their equipment to be moved to the site last week, freeing up County Road B57 to open for through traffic.

Chickasaw County residents are also reminded that the EMA is still seeking damage reports from the flooding. Bernatz says, “In order to activate some assistance programs a certain threshold must be met, therefore we are asking anyone with damage please report it to State of Iowa Preliminary Damage Assessment.  

More information can be found on the Chickasaw County Emergency Management Facebook page.

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Mark Pitz

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