The City of Richmond is preparing an emergency plan for the city's water supply after oil from the tankers that crashed in a Lynchburg train derailment has been leaking into the James River (Photo courtesy ABC affiliate WSET).
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WRIC) -
The City of Richmond is preparing an emergency plan for the city's water supply after oil from the tankers that crashed in a Lynchburg train derailment has been leaking into the James River.
Henrico County is taking precautionary measures to protect its water supply. Officials are monitoring the spill and are filling its water storage tanks as a precaution.
Chesterfield County officials announced that the county's drinking water will be unaffected. The county has physically isolated its supply of drinking water from Richmond and will provide water service to county residents from its two other water sources, Swift Creek Reservoir and Lake Chesdin.
Officials are reporting that between 12 and 14 CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil were involved in a train derailment in downtown Lynchburg.
Extensive flames and dense black smoke can be seen and police have evacuated everyone from the area. People are being cautioned to avoid downtown Lynchburg until further notice.
There have been no reported injuries. The cause of the derailment has not been determined at this time.
CSX officials are working to remove the portion of the train that is blocking workers from leaving Griffin Pipe Foundry located in the lower basin.
Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement:
"This afternoon my Public Safety team informed me of the train derailment and fire in Lynchburg. Immediately after those reports were received the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia State Police, and the Virginia Department of Fire Programs were instructed to coordinate with local responders and mobilize the resources necessary to respond to this incident.
"Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam Thiel has been dispatched to the scene and will provide my team and me with constant updates as this situation unfolds. I have also spoken with Lynchburg Mayor Michael Gillette and offered him any and all resources he needs to respond to this incident and keep Virginians safe."
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