Evacuation lifted starting tomorrow morning at 8am

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LA 190 eastbound re-opened tomorrow morning, one lane westbound

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 4:22pm

The mandatory evacuation will be lifted tomorrow morning starting at 8 am.  Residents that are returning home will have to report to the Yambilee building between the hours of 8 am and 7 pm.  Each household will be escorted home with a deputy and a member of DEQ.  Once the member of DEQ performs an air quality test of the residence, members of that household will be allowed in.

"Union Pacific is committing the resources here today and in the future and will work with these agencies in this room to take care of everything that happened from this derailment.  We're going to be here long after all the cars are gone, working with the citizens here in St. Landry to take care of all issues," says Drew Tessier, Director of Public Affairs for Union Pacific.

Now the DEQ is focusing their attention on materials that spilled in ditches.  As farmers around the area started to drain their fields, the materials trapped in the ditches started to run into the bayou.  The water has been tested for what materials are present, but the results will not be in for the next couple of days.  For now, crews have installed birms to hold the materials in making sure they stop running into the bayou.

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