LA Chem Spill Evac Lifted

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 @ 02:02 PM gHale

An evacuation order Sunday night ended up lifted in parts of Lafayette, LA, late Monday afternoon after a hydrated lime spill at the Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) North Water Plant.

The situation ended up fixed after officials were able to neutralize the hydrated lime residue, LUS officials said.

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Several buildings, cars and the affected streets were cleaned and residents were allowed to return to their homes and resume normal activity.

A small amount of hydrated lime released from the LUS North Water Plant and caused a cloud of the material to spread over the area, covering nearby roofs and structures. The white powdery substance, when airborne, can cause eye, skin and respiratory irritation.

LUS officials, Lafayette Fire Department, Lafayette Police Department and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality have isolated the affected areas to err on the side of caution. LUS and ES&H neutralized the situation by removing the substance from the contained area.

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