Ammonia leak at plant near Covington causes evacuations
ST. TAMMANY PARISH - Hazardous materials teams and fire department officials are on the scene of an ammonia leak at Diversified Foods near Goodbee in St. Tammany Parish.
WWL-TV reports that I-12 has been shut down in both directions between La 445 at exit 47 and La 1077 at exit 57. Alternate routes include US Hwy 190 and La 22.
State Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta asked people to avoid the area via his Facebook page.
According to WWL-TV, several residents near the area have contacted the station to report a strong odor in the area. The incident happened around 9 a.m. Friday.
The plant has been evacuated along with a nearby Budweiser facility. State Police say the situation is still under evaluation and no further evacuation of nearby areas has been ordered at this time.
Further details about the incident were not immediately available at the time. The company was not immediately available to comment.