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Train derailment shuts down boat landing
Will take 2-3 days to clean up
Here is an image from reader Ron VanNatta of the scene from the river of the Burlington Northern / Santa Fe partial derailment that took place south of Glen Haven July 1.
Mother Nature unloaded on southwest Wisconsin Sunday - in addition to fierce winds, heavy rains hit the region. According to Grant County Emergency Management, the Preston area received eight inches of rain from Sunday to Monday morning, with other parts of northern Grant County coming in around five-six inches, including Castle Rock, Clifton and Glen Haven.      Road damage was reported from the towns of Glen Haven, Harrison, Hickory Grove, Waterloo, Wingville and Ellenboro, with tubes and shoulders washed out; lots of debris and rock in culverts that will need to be cleaned out, some small mud slides.
    The most significant mudslide took place along the Burlington Northern / Santa Fe (BNSF) rail line running along the Mississippi River south of Glen Haven Monday morning, which caused a partial derailment of a train carrying empty semi trailers, which forced the temporary closure of the line, as well as the Glen Haven boat landing, which is being used as a staging area for crews there for cleaning up the damaged cars.
    “At about 9:15 a.m. yesterday, a train reported striking a mudslide and derailing near Glen Haven,” said Amy McBeth, Regional Communications Director for the railroad. According to McBeth, nine well cars carrying empty containers derailed, with part of one car was in the water.
    There were no injuries in the incident.
Another view provided by Grant County Emergency Managment.

    BNSF crews worked Monday evening, and Tuesday on clearing the cars from the site, then will have made repairs to the tracks, with an estimate that the tracks will be opened Tuesday evening.

    The area around the derailment was inspected by members of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, making sure there were no environmental issues as a result of the derailment.

Reader Shawn Schleicher shows crews moving cars during cleanup July 2.
Another closeup view from reader Ron VanNatta.