About half of those evacuated able to return to their homes today

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Residents within a quarter-mile of the track still evacuated

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 5:01pm

Half of the people who were forced to evacuate when a train derailed are back home tonight.  Only those who live within a quarter-mile of the train are still out of their homes.  Crews are working night and day trying to clear out the tank cars, more than twenty of them derailed Sunday afternoon.  Some of those cars spilled semi-hazardous materials and are in the process of cleaning it up.  Now state police and Union pacific officials are on scene to figure out exactly what happened and why.

"This is quite impressive.  I'm talking about the teamwork here.  I've known from the beginning that the professionals behind the camera that are out there doing work at this time, those are the experts.  They're the professionals and safety is the top concern," says Bill Fontenot, St. Landry Parish President.

State police say LA 190 could re-open Thursday.  Tomorrow they'll have a better estimate on when the rest of the evacuees can go back home.

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