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Residents return to Mosier after train derailment; Union Pacific resuming service

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Union Pacific said Sunday that the cause of the train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge was likely a failure of a rail tie fastener.

When the train derailed, it was carrying 25,000 gallons of oil. There is no word on how much oil spilled, but the DEQ said no oil sheen was spotted on the Columbia River Sunday.

In the meantime, residents who live in the area are without fresh water due to damage to the sewer system.

Empty parking lots are normally bustling old highway route in Mosier.

Instead, streets are lined up with porta-potties, which is now a necessity.

Vicki Roberts is frustrated with the current situation, but says she plans to shower at her gym or at a friend’s house.

“The bathroom situation is another story,” Roberts said.

Residents are relying on outhouses until further notice.

For some it is not just an inconvenience, but a blow to the pocketbook. Businesses are forced to stay closed until further notice because of the sewer problems.

"We would've been packed with people if that hadn't happened…,” said Stephen Demosthenes, owner of Route 30 Classics.

Now that evacuations are over, and residents return to their homes, they hope everyone involved can learn from this experience.

The city of Mosier held a meeting this afternoon, passing an emergency motion to remove all oil from damaged cars before Union Pacific Restarts train traffic.

According to Union Pacific, they will be resuming service Sunday night. Union Pacific officials said they have repaired the tracks back to normal, and they have been inspected.

Multiple inspections will take place throughout the night, according to Union Pacific. 

A speed restriction of 10 mph is in place for the Mosier area until further notice.

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