Evacuation to be lifted after train derailment
LAWTELL - Sheriff's deputies announced a mandatory evacuation would be lifted Thursday for people living near the site of a train derailment in St. Landry Parish.
The parish sheriff's office said residents would first have to report to the Yambilee Building between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday to be escorted to their homes.
Deputies and members of the Department of Environmental Quality will provide the escort, checking the air quality of the home before allowing people to go in.
The evacuation was ordered for more than 150 homes in Lawtell, where a train derailed while carrying hazardous chemicals over the weekend.
The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.