CSX Transportation and local responders continue recovery efforts in Painesville, Ohio, just east of Cleveland, after the Oct. 10 derailment.
Based on that progress, Painesville and Lake County officials permitted all evacuated residents to return to their homes at noon on Oct. 13. Approximately half of the evacuated residents were permitted to return on the afternoon of Oct. 12.
Area residents with questions or needs can call a CSXT telephone hotline, 1-877-835-5279 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
While residents return to their homes, cleanup activities continue at the derailment site. Soil was excavated Saturday in consultation with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Freight cars involved in the derailment have been moved to a prepared storage area adjacent to the railroad tracks.
They may remain there for some period of time as part of the evaluation and review process, but CSXT will construct a fence around the site and has arranged for guards until that fence has been erected.
Air and water monitoring continues in the area in cooperation with the state and federal environmental agencies.
— Special to Railfanning.org News Wire