There are no other teams I’d want responding in an emergency
A freight train derailed in Uptown this morning. I have been at City Hall in Uptown Station since 6am monitoring the situation. Thankfully no one was injured, nor were there any hazardous materials issues. There have been issues with destroyed power poles and downed power lines. As a result, we anticipate Ameren will shut down power in a large area around Uptown to make repairs.
Dealing with a crisis is difficult on any given day, and today the Town of Normal experienced two: a freight train derailment and a devastating apartment complex fire. Bitter cold temperatures and an ongoing pandemic added layers of difficulty with the response, repairs, evacuations, and relocations.
I commend the leadership, professionalism, and skill displayed by the Normal Fire, Normal Police, and Public Works Departments in the midst of extremely dangerous circumstances.
There are no other teams I’d want responding in an emergency.
Thank you, also, to the community for following safety guidance from first responders.
Ameren Illinois and Union Pacific will continue working through the night, and more information on the derailment response will be shared as it’s available.
We’re a strong community and stronger yet when we come together and help our neighbors.