July 18 2019
The Evacuation order has been lifted for Mosier residents following oil train derailment
Good progress was made by response crews today on cleaning up the derailment area, restoring essential services to the community of Mosier. The waste water treatment plant is now operating. About 10,000 gallons of oil was removed from the plant.
Wasco County Sheriff's Deputies have lifted the evacuation order and residents can return to Mosier Manor tonight.
Residents may also now flush toilets and other sewer use. Although both water and sewer are usable, the city asks folks to conserve.
A boil water order remains in effect. Bottled drinking water is available to anyone who needs it at the Union Pacific Claims Center across from Mosier Market.
Tonight the incident response team met with an overflow crowd at the Grange to listen to concerns and answer questions.
Mosier residents needing assistance because of their evacuation should contact the Union Pacific Claim Center located across from the Mosier Market or call the claim center at 877-877-2567, option 6.
A health hotline has also been set up by Union Pacific. Residents with health questions can talk to a health expert at 888-623-3120.
A light sheen of oil in the Columbia River is being contained by about 1000 feet of boom. The sheen remains contained to a limited area. Environmental crews are working to identify and control the source of the sheen.
Response crews are:
Continually monitoring water and air
Removing oil from damaged rail cars
Removing damaged rail cars
Transporting recovered oil by truck to The Dalles
Repairing damaged rail
Restoring full operation of the waste water treatment plant
Federal, state, tribal and local authorities will remain at the command center near the scene to coordinate response until the cleanup is complete.
The I-84 Mosier exit is now open in both directions. Rock Creek Road remains restricted. Residents can come and go with an escort.
Media and citizen questions can be emailed to MosierMP70@gmail.com.
Photo: Days after oil train derailment, normal seems far away in scenic Mosier