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Congressman Mooney Statement on Mount Carbon Train Derailment and Information on Continuing Situation


Tuesday February 17, 2015


CONTACT: Jon Conradi

PHONE: 202-225-2711



Congressman Mooney Statement on Mount Carbon Train Derailment and Information on Continuing Situation

CHARLES TOWN, W.V. – “It is my sincere hope that as the derailment situation progresses we continue to avoid any serious or life-threatening injuries,” said Congressman Alex Mooney.  “I believe the top priorities now are to protect downstream citizen’s clean drinking water and contain further spillage.  I stand ready to work with first responders and federal regulators on the scene to determine the cause of the incident and to return evacuated residents to their homes as swiftly as safety allows.”

“My offices are ready to help with any citizens’ concerns or questions, if there is anything we can do please call us.”

  • Charleston Office: (304) 925-5964
  • Martinsburg Office: (304) 264-8810

See below current information on shelters and resources which have been made available by a variety of organizations:

CSX has opened a Community Outreach Center to address community needs, particularly of residents and businesses impacted by the evacuation. 

  • The center is located in the Glass-in Riverside Room at the Glen Ferris Inn, US Route 60, Glen Ferris, WV 25090.
  • The center opened today Tuesday, February 17 at 8:00AM and will be open through 8:00PM daily  
  • More information can be found here:

Those who have been asked to evacuate their homes can find a listing of nearby evacuation locations below and at the following link as of 10:00 p.m. ET Monday:

  • Valley High School: The Kanawha and Fayette County Emergency Management have opened the location for residents. The shelter will open at 6:30 p.m.
  • West Virginia University Tech Gymnasium: Shelter will open at 6:30 p.m.
  • Holiday Lodge, Oak Hill: CSX has rented out all available rooms at the Oak Hill hotel for residents to stay overnight. The lodge is located at 340 Oyler Ave.
  • A Red Cross representative said the Armstrong Creek and Falls View Community Centers are also open for evacuees, but are not Red Cross sponsored centers with overnight accommodations.

A conserve water advisory has been issued for Montgomery and Cedar Grove Water Systems. Updates from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources can be found here: