Infrastructure Daily News 09.26.12

Transportation Sector

. September 25, Associated Press – (Virginia) Airports authority: Bomb threat delayed arriving flights at DC-area airport; nothing found. Officials said an investigation into a bomb threat at Washington Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia, September 24 delayed several arriving flights, but no bomb was found. A Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokeswoman said authorities investigated two parking garages that were closed to the public for several hours. Delays affected flights scheduled to arrive between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Flights were back to normal. Source: flights-at-dc-area-airport-nothing-found/2012/09/25/066fbf22-06fa-11e2-9eea- 333857f6a7bd_story.html

. September 25, WSMV 4 Nashville – (Tennessee) I-24 reopens after sulfuric acid spill. Interstate 24 East in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, reopened September 25 after a sulfuric acid spill closed the roadway for about 12 hours. The spill was reported near exit 48 at James Robertson Parkway in east Nashville. The ramp to James Robertson Parkway would remain closed indefinitely, officials indicated. They said they believed a tanker may have leaked the chemical from Clarksville to Nashville. Clarksville police said that a sulfuric acid spill was also reported near the Nyrstar plant, located near Zinc Plant Road and Cumberland Drive. Source: i-24

. September 25, Sheridan Media – (Wyoming) Oil tanker crash closes I-25. The Wyoming Highway Patrol announced Interstate 25 was closed due to an oil tanker crash, Sheridan Media reported September 25. Troopers estimate approximately 200 barrels of crude oil and cargo spilled on the highway because the tanker was breached during the crash. Northbound traffic was diverted onto WYO 320 at Wheatland and southbound traffic was diverted at the US 26 Junction. The tractor trailer combination is owned by Basin Western Incorporated out of Roosevelt, Utah. Source:

. September 25, Anchorage Daily News – (Alaska) Kenai River’s neighbors brace for high water. The latest round of widespread flooding to hit southcentral Alaska is aimed at the Kenai Peninsula, the Anchorage Daily News reported September 25. The National Weather Service extended a flood warning for the Kenai River until September 27. At Cooper Landing, the Kenai River was at moderate flood stage September 24. The weather service said that the river would likely continue to rise below Skilak Lake. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) closed the Kenai River to boat traffic September 24 because of dangerously high water. It was only the second time in the history of the river management area that a director has ordered such a closure, said a DNR spokeswoman. In the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, three full structures were lost and there were 14 road closures In Talkeetna, residents were advised to boil their water for at least 2 minutes while crews continue to test whether it is safe. In Seward, crews were working to stabilize the Lowell Creek Bridge and clear landslides from Lowell Point Road that have cut off the community. Water taxis were transporting Lowell Point residents to and from the Seward harbor. A portion of taxiway at the Girdwood Airport was damaged when water topped Crow Creek near the airport, said a department of transportation spokesman, but the airport was open and operational. Track washouts and lost revenue likely will cost the Alaska Railroad more than $1 million, a railroad spokeswoman said. About 500 feet of mainline track were left dangling September 22 near Gold Creek. The spokeswoman said the main line could open as early as September 26. Trains between Anchorage and Fairbanks were not operating since September 19.

. September 25, Detroit Free Press – (Michigan) Semis crash in Novi, Taylor within hours of fuel tanker clean-up. Semi-trucks crashed along Michigan highways in Taylor and Novi September 25, within about an hour of I-696 in Farmington Hills reopening after a fuel truck crashed there September 24. A Michigan State Police lieutenant said a semi crashed on I-96 in Novi early the afternoon of September 25. Another semi crashed on the ramp from northbound Telegraph to eastbound I-94, according to a Taylor police sergeant. He estimated the ramp would be closed for about 3 hours. The crashes came just after eastbound I-696 between I-275 and Orchard Lake reopened about 20 hours after a fuel truck carrying 10,000 pounds of gasoline — or about 1,600 gallons — crashed after being cut off by a car, according to Michigan State Police. The driver suffered minor head and back injuries. The section of freeway was closed overnight and for a few hours September 25 for crews to remove the fuel and semi from the ditch. Source: 696-to-reopen-for-rush-hour-after-overturned-gas-tanker-shuts-stretch

. September 24, Kenewick Tri-City Herald – (Oregon) Chemical bomb scare closes Highway 395 near Stanfield, Ore. A chemical bomb scare closed a section of Oregon’s Highway 395 near Stanfield September 23. Stanfield police stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction and the investigation reportedly revealed “chemicals and materials not typically transported inside the cab of a vehicle, which caused the officer concern,” said the Stanfield police chief in a release. A man reportedly told the officer he was attempting to make a chemical bomb to blow up a large area. Emergency officials closed Highway 395 from Interstate 84 to South Edwards Road. The chemicals inside the vehicle appeared to be household chemicals available for purchase at most hardware stores. The suspect was jailed on suspicion for possessing a controlled substance, methamphetamine, first-degree disorderly conduct, and attempted unlawful manufacture of a destructive device. Source: highway.html For more stories, see items 2 and 7

Postal and Shipping Sector Nothing to report

Emergency Services Sector

. September 25, Las Vegas Sun – (Nevada) No one hurt after Metro copter damaged in ‘hard landing’. A Metro Police helicopter on a routine training exercise made a “hard landing” at the North Las Vegas Airport in North Las Vegas, Nevada, September 24, sending two officers to the hospital, officials said. The North Las Vegas Fire Department was called on a report that a helicopter went down, the captain stated. The helicopter attempted to land, but made a “hard landing,” a Metro Police spokesman said. Two passengers – a pilot and a second officer – were transported to a nearby hospital to be observed. They suffered no injuries. The North Las Vegas Airport remained open and operational throughout the incident, said a McCarran International Airport spokesman. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating. Source: in-hard-landing/-0HEN551qkWF4l1mwFne4w.cspx

. September 24, Associated Press – (Louisiana) DOJ seeks to join lawsuit against Orleans prison. The U.S. Justice Department asked September 24 to join a class-action lawsuit that accuses the Orleans Parish, Louisiana sheriff of overseeing a jail that routinely subjects prisoners to brutal, inhumane conditions. “The Orleans Parish Prison is a violent and dangerous institution,” the federal agency said in a request filed in New Orleans federal court, seeking to be included as a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center contending the jail’s conditions violate the U.S. Constitution. Federal officials have been investigating the Orleans Parish Prison since February 2008, chronicling what they said are repeated instances of jail officials refusing to correct conditions that leave prisoners vulnerable to attacks and rape from other prisoners and their guards. The September 24 court filing says a settlement has been reached to make improvements to prison operations and the settlement will be submitted to the federal judge if the Justice Department is approved to intervene in the case. Source: Orlean/landing_nation.html?&apID=29732aecd13742d1871e4a9f403f5c93

. September 24, Sierra Vista Herald – (Arizona) SE Arizona loses 911 service when line gets cut. Emergency 9-1-1 service for the entire southeastern corner of Arizona was disrupted for several hours September 24 after a fiber optic cable was severed near Benson. The telephone and DSL cable belonging to CenturyLink was cut causing problems for Graham, Cochise, and Santa Cruz counties, said a market development manager for CenturyLink in southeast Arizona. The incident caused the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and the Sierra Vista Police Department dispatch centers to be overwhelmed by out of area 9-1-1 calls. A Sierra Vista police spokesman said the department’s dispatch center received multiple 9-1-1 calls from well outside the normal jurisdiction, including from Mexico. Internet and phone service for county facilities were also disrupted, according to a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. Source: For more stories, see items 32 and 46