DUNKIRK, NY (WNY News Now) – The City of Dunkirk is working to update their emergency response plan in the wake of Ohio’s toxic train derailment.
The northern Chautauqua County city is home to one of the busiest train track highways in Western New York with daily freight trains passing through; similar to the one that crashed in East Palestine, Ohio.
During Tuesday night’s Dunkirk Common Council meeting, Councilman James Stoyle addressed concerns he’s hearing from community members.
“I want the public to know that the public safety committee, which consists of the Dunkirk Police Department, Fire Department, DPW and other management of this city are working on a plan to update the plan from 2000. When that comes out, if anybody wants to know about it, we’ll make it public,” explained Councilman Stoyle.
The February 3 disaster in Ohio ignited a dayslong inferno, shot plumes of black smoke into the air and led to the intentional release of vinyl chloride to help avert a more catastrophic blast. Some residents have reported health problems, and about 3,500 fish have died in Ohio waterways since the wreck.