Chemical fire clean-up ahead of schedule in Denham Springs
Clean-up is ahead of schedule at the site of a chemical fire in Livingston Parish.
This empty slab used to be filled with a pile of burnt drums just about a month ago. Now, crews are using high-pressured sprayers to clean the concrete. A dirt levee is being used to contain what could wash up and possible rain water.
Once the work is complete, the portion of Eden Church Road still closed to traffic should reopen. That should take about two weeks.
But local business owners near the site say it'll take them a lot longer to recover from the fire. Beckie Bradley of Petro Mart told News 2, "We've been notified by the Health Department that all of the soft products, candies and everything like that, needs to be destroyed. As well as everything in the freezers and coolers."
Bradley says the building will need to be pressure-washed and the inside sanitized after everything is removed. There's no timeline for how long it'll take for Petro Mart to reopen its doors.
In the meantime, those living near the site tell us they're worried about property values. Woodrow Mayeux told News 2, "I don't feel safe living in my home."
News 2 talked to Parish Officials, too. They're saying to expect a change during future emergencies. They're working on a system to identify relief workers at the scene.