Siskiyou County holds hazardous drill by river

MT. SHASTA, Calif. - A full scale training exercise in Siskiyou County was held Wednesday to make sure emergency responders are ready should disaster strike. In 1991
a chemical spill in the upper Sacramento river killed all fish and vegetation for miles.

That spill is known as the Cantara Loop Spill which is remembered as an ecological disaster. The scenario practiced Wednesday was similar, a train accident causing a chemical tank car to fall into the river. Different agencies gathered to re-enact a similar scene that will help them be ready just in case.

"To get together and work together before hand before we actually have an incident it brings all the parts and pieces in," said CAL FIRE Public Information Officer Kevin Colburn. "It's just not a good for the environment whether be drinking water, the fish or the animals, so it's critical that we mediate that problem as quickly as we can."

The Shasta Cascade Hazrdous Materials Response Team was also a party to work with the other agencies to put a stop to the leak of dangerous materials.

"It's something that we need to be aware of and just kind of knock the cobwebs out and just refresh the procedure that we need to do if this happens and the steps we need to take," Corburn said.

The drill went on from 7 to 3 p.m. There were a total of 17 different agencies there.

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