Land Damage from Derailment

Windfall Ave and 190th street Charles City, IA

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CHARLES CITY, IA – It’s been just over two months since a train derailment near Charles City.

And while things are cleaned up for the most part, folks are speaking up now, about the damage caused to get everything cleaned up.

Residents living on Windfall Avenue and 190th street will have a hard time forgetting what happened on this road in May.

After the train derailed following heavy rain and flooding, it took a lot of manpower to get everything back in place.

But now neighbors, including Sue Ross, say the road and land surrounding the tracks were damaged in that cleanup process.

“Something didn’t look right in the ditch so then I went and got out and walked there and I noticed that our tile outlet had been mangled up and was barley oozing any water,” said Ross.

Ross says the county was called to help fix some the damage done to the area, but others are still waiting for a resolution.

Canadian Pacific is also helping as well.

We reached out to the train company about complaints from other neighbors in the area, and they sent a statement, saying in part:

“Canadian Pacific is prepared to begin restoration work as soon as possible.

It is our railroad’s policy to work directly with the landowner and come up with an agreement in which we will restore the portion of his property impacted … We have met with the landowner and wish to continue to work with him on an agreement.”

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