Willard Residents Allowed to Return Home
WILLARD, Ohio, Nov. 28, 2013
WILLARD, Ohio, Nov. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Fire Chief Joe Reiderman today
lifted the evacuation and allowed most residents to return to their homes
following a derailment late Tuesday night. Most residents were given the
all-clear at 3:00 p.m. after significant progress in clearing the CSX
Transportation derailment, which spilled approximately 13,000 gallons of
styrene monomer, a flammable product used in the production of plastics and
"On this Thanksgiving Day, when we remember our blessings, it gives me great
pleasure to tell our neighbors that it's safe to return to their homes," Chief
Reiderman said. "I want to thank our community for its support and patience in
this difficult process."
Rusty Orben, director-public affairs for CSX, echoed Chief Reiderman's praise.
"All of us at CSX thank this community and its first responders for their
incredible patience and cooperation this week. CSX pledges to continue to
remain on site, helping people re-enter their homes safely."
A small number of homes closest to the derailment and product spill will
remain off limits as the cleanup continues, Chief Reiderman said. Those
families will continue to be housed at area hotels and their lodging, meals
and other needs taken care of by CSX as they have been since the derailment.
CSX also offered residents air monitoring in their homes if they had any
concerns. Monitoring in the area has consistently showed the air to be safe,
despite a minor odor. However, precautions are being taken with the homes
closest to the immediate derailment site.
At the Willard High School, which has also served as the Community Outreach
Center, CSX provided a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings from 1-4 p.m.
City and CSX representatives were available there to help residents get back
to their homes and to answer any questions.
Meanwhile, overnight operations resulted in the re-railing of the four
derailed rail cars, which will open up the area for additional cleanup being
done in coordination with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The rail cars derailed during switching
operations, and a CSX investigation is under way to determine the cause.
Clean-up work will continue for the next several days, and the Community
Outreach Center will remain open at least through the weekend.
INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS
1.All residents except those residing on Pleasant Street in the City of
Willard; 119, 121 and 209 North Main Street; and 119 Church Street are
permitted to return to their homes at 3:00 p.m.
2.For those residents still under the evacuation order on Pleasant Street,
North Main Street and Church Street please call 1-877-TELL-CSX to arrange
for monitoring of your home and additional needs.
3.A minor odor may still be present, but there is not a threat to health and
safety of residents.
4.Any resident who was evacuated and would like to have their home monitored
for air quality would need to report to the Community Outreach Center at
the Willard High School to make arrangements.
5.Anyone who was evacuated who would prefer to stay another night in a hotel
would need to stop by the Community Outreach Center to make arrangements
or call 1-877-TELL-CSX for guidance.
6.Any resident who has questions or concerns can stop by the Community
Outreach Center to speak directly with a CSX representative.
SOURCE CSX Corporation
Contact: Gary Sease, 1-855-955-NEWS (6397)
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