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Rain preps for site of chemical fire in Denham Springs

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Posted: Apr 2, 2010 5:07 PM by Lori Steele
Updated: Apr 2, 2010 5:51 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Denham Springs, Coco Resources, Eden Church Road, Mark Benton, Livingston Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, Susie Olinde, Evacuee, Monday, Railroad Tracks, WBRZ

UPDATE: Mark Benton with the Livingston Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness tells News 2, "We are expecting a little bit of rain and to prepare for that crews brought extra vacuum trucks in to make sure they pull as much water as they can out of the ditches and creeks that may have contaminants."

He says, "If we do have water rise as a result of rain, trucks are in place to pull it and make sure it doesn't pass our dyking system and extend contaminated area any further".

In the meantime, 11 families still can't go home. These families live right next to Coco Resources where a still smoking pile of debris still sits.

Susie Olinde tells News 2 she's stressed. She says, "I get upset because I can't be there to make sure my pets are okay. To make sure my house is okay."

Susie says she has no where else to go and has been using her rent money to pay for a motel.

Benton says while clean-up continues it's just not safe for those living so close to the site to return home. He says, "We don't want to take a chance of a container breaking or two products that may react getting together and causing a problem."

A small stretch of Eden Church Road near the railroad tracks remains closed until further notice.

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