Monday, April 10, 2017

Silsbee Evacuation After Chemical Spill


An environmental crew is working with a towing company to upright a tanker carrying a volatile chemical after it rolled in north Silsbee Monday.

An evacuation was ordered for a 1,000 foot radius around the truck after it rolled just after 8 a.m. Monday about a quarter mile west of Highway 92 and Silsbee Police have shut down FM 418 and 11th Street.

About 20 - 25 homes and three businesses, including a laundromat and two doctor's offices have been evacuated and authorities don't expect residents to be able to return before 1 p.m.

The tanker truck, which is not leaking at this team, was carrying isopentane which is flammable and could be poisonous if exposed to the air according to Silsbee Fire Chief Robin Jones.

Isopentane is extremely flammable and if mixed with air the vapors can be explosive according to the CDC website.

The environmental crew from Garner Environmental will assess the situation and then Neff Brothers Towing will work to upright the truck for removal according to Jones.

The City of Silsbee and Hardin County are sending dump truck loads of dirt to contain any amount of chemical that may spill.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

"Nothing to see here, folks. Move along, move along. Nevermind that the chemical company almost killed you".

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