EAST PALESTINE, Ohio —
Friday’s heavy rain sent water overflowing from a large pool of water near East Palestine’s city park, causing concern among residents and on social media in light of last month’s train derailment.
Mary McCarron, a public information officer for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, tells Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 the large pool was a containment dam that “was actually part of mitigation work surrounding the storm.”
Vacuum trucks were used to pull up the released water. McCarron said the system allows them to control the runoff in the derailment area.
She also said no visible waste was released into nearby streams.
The ponded water is also being tested, and the EPA says those results are expected in two to three days.
A release from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s office said that the dam near the confluence of Sulphur Run and Leslie Run “continues to work as expected.”
Thomas A. Crosson, senior director of strategic communications with Norfolk Southern, said the dam area lies a mile and a half away from the derailment site, and that the derailment site remains contained.
“This water is not coming from the derailment site,” Crosson said. “We have purposely dammed this area to raise water levels to allow for aeration. In heavy rain events, those waters can rise and is not a reason for concern.”
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