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Red Cross Shelters 17 Evacuated Casselton, ND Residents Due to Hazardous Materials Concern Following Train Derailment

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"They have been very resilient throughout this emergency and great to wok with." -Judy Green

The American Red Cross sheltered 17 people overnight at Discovery Middle School that evacuated from Casselton, ND due to hazardous materials in the air around the community. A train derailment two miles west of the community caused a large fire and heavy black smoke from crude oil.

This shelter included cots, blankets, food, and other necessary items for families displaced. Two pets were also sheltered at the school in a separate area operated by Fargo Emergency Management.

"We are glad to provide comfort, care, and shelter to the entire community of Casselton and all individuals assisting with this emergency," said Red Cross Dakotas Region CEO, Judy Green. "They have been very resilient throughout this emergency and great to work with."

 In addition, a shelter was established at Casselton Library for approximately 50 people including responders, state/federal officials, emergency management, and personnel from the Sheriff’s Department. This shelter included food, cots, blankets, coffee and other necessities.