Who's Going To Pay?

Who's Going To Pay?
By: Arnold Wyrick

Hundreds of Tamaroa residents remain out of their homes for a third day Wednesday. But many of them are asking about more then when they'll get to go home. They're also asking, who's going to pay for the damage done to their town and their lives?

"We don't have a lot of businesses in our small town. But those people have been out of work while this has been going on. I think they're probably going to need some help from the train company, Canadian National," says Lorri Cockrum of Tamaroa. She's lived in Tamaroa her entire life and never thought about what the trains were carrying. "I didn't really know they carried that sort of thing. I don't like it," Cockrum said. "But if theres an unpopulated place that they could take them through, that would definitely be better," says Cockrum.

Her mother Jo Nehrkorn is more concerned about what effects the exposure to the chemicals spilled in the train derailment Sunday, will have on people in the future. "Because a lot of those toxins they deal with, it may not happen right at the present time. But then they find out a little bit later on that it does. I think they need to consider that as well as giving some compensation right now. But also for what might happen in the future," Nehrkorn said.

Officials with Canadian National Illinois Central will be opening an office in Tamaroa's Community Center next Tuesday for people to begin filing their claims for reimbursement on their expenses.