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Update: Canadian Pacific says rail line back open near Dubuque

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DUBUQUE COUNTY (KWWL) -

SATURDAY UPDATE: 

Canadian Pacific Railroad reports the rail line was reopened around 7:30 a.m. with trains moving through at a reduced speed.

They say all derailed cars have been removed from the derailment site with 12 tank cars moved to a staging area, where they are being cleaned and purged to ensure no ethanol residue or vapors remain. 

The rail company says it has set up 40 separate monitoring sites at 1 mile increments for 10 miles down the river that will be able to detect the presence of ethanol in the water, as well as the level of dissolved oxygen.

They say results from the first day of testing on Thursday shows the two closest to the site on the Iowa side of the river displayed barely detectable levels of ethanol. 

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Friday Update:  Canadian Pacific official said all three cars that were in the river this morning have been unloaded and removed. 

They also said, "Crews continue to work to unload additional derailed cars so they can be safely moved off site."

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Canadian Pacific has given an update on the train derailment clean-up.

As of 4:00 p.m. Thursday, two cars have been re-railed and removed from the site.  Crews are moving ethanol from derailed cars into empty cars brought to the site. 

Three cars are still on the frozen Mississippi River.  Some ethanol that leaked from the cars has reached the water, but crews are still working to determine how much.


Canadian Pacific says there are 40 separate monitoring sites at 1-mile increments for 10 miles down the river (originally communicated as 10 sites total) that will be able to detect the presence of ethanol in the water, as well as the level of dissolved oxygen.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources also has given its assessment on the clean-up and water sampling ahead.
You can read that story here: http://www.kwwl.com/story/28038279/2015/02/05/recovery-begins-after-dubuque-train-derailment

Bob Waters contributed to this report.


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