After train derailment, Joppa community urges faster cleanup – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Nearly two weeks after a train derailed, neighbors in the South Dallas community of Joppa said the wreckage was long overdue and they wanted action taken.

A Union Pacific train derailed July 14 at its facility off the South Central Freeway near Carbondale Street, near Joppa.

Lakeisha Oatman lives nearby.

“It’s a horror,” Oatman said.

Oatman met Shalondria Galimore, president of the South Central Civic League Neighborhood Association, on Sunday along Carbondale Street, where overturned wagons sat with grain and gravel nearby.

“If it was somewhere else, this wreckage would have been cleaned up a long time ago,” Galimore said.

Joppa is a Dallas freedmen’s town founded in 1872 by freed slaves after the Civil War. Galimore says the community has faced challenges for decades living near heavy industry, which was permitted by the city of Dallas’ historically lenient zoning regulations.

Oatman’s daughter Alexi Felton, 14, said she was concerned about the impression the wreckage is leaving on her community.

“The fact that it’s just there for anyone to walk past, it’s a little embarrassing,” Felton said. “Me, my mother and my family deserve better than to be treated like this.”

Union Pacific said seven of its cars derailed with no reported injuries or releases and no hazardous materials on July 14 and cleanup would begin later that evening.

“Here we are 10 days later and it’s still the same,” Galimore said.

Galimore says Union Pacific hasn’t provided the neighborhood with a timeline on when that debris will be removed.

Late Sunday, a spokesperson told NBC 5 that the track had been repaired but there were still damaged cars, grit and debris to clear. Union Pacific added work to remove grain with a contractor that will begin the week of Aug. 2 with the car removal process completed in the following weeks, according to an email response.

Late Sunday, Galimore said she appreciated having a timeline she could now share with the Joppa community, but still lacked clarity on why it took 10 days to learn the next steps. of the Union Pacific.

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