St. James Train Derailment Chemical Leak Evacuation

A train derailment involving a chemical leak prompted evacuations in St. James Parish. According to the sheriff’s office, Highway 44 is completely closed from LA 3193 to 3214 in Convent, except for local traffic. Anyone living in the evacuation zone pictured below should go to the Lutcher Senior Center: The following roads remain closed: LA 44 is closed from Antioch Street to Rev. Dr. Samuel Jones StreetLA 642 from LA 44 to Sugarhouse Street is fully closed LA 44 west of LA 3193 is open to residents only The Coast Guard also closed part of the Mississippi River due to the acid spill. The river is closed until further notice from mile marker 149 to mile marker 153. Boats on the river were evacuated to mile marker 149 to 155. According to St. James officials, a train carrying 20,000 gallons of acid was involved in a derailment Wednesday afternoon. The belly of the wagon has torn open and officials say there is no way to contain it. The evacuation area was cleared and more than 150 people were asked to leave their homes. Crews are still assessing the amount spilled and the hazardous materials contained the area. Officials say the wind is a concern. If the wind shifts overnight, further evacuations may be ordered. Everyone in the current evacuation area has been accounted for, but crews will return to the area to verify everyone has been evacuated. Drones will also be used to monitor the evacuation site. Residents of the affected area could experience respiratory problems as hydrochloric acid is an irritant. Hydrochloric acid is most often used in cleaning products. Authorities are asking residents to monitor social media throughout the night for more evacuations if called. St. James officials say the last time a train derailed and caused an evacuation was in 1992 in Grammercy. There is no estimated time frame for lifting evacuations or cleaning up the spill. Anyone with older family members in the evacuation area is asked to call 225-562-2200 so arrangements can be made to evacuate them.

A train derailment involving a chemical leak prompted evacuations in St. James Parish.

According to the sheriff’s office, Highway 44 is completely closed from LA 3193 to 3214 in Convent, except for local traffic.

Anyone living in the evacuation zone pictured below should go to the Lutcher Senior Center:

The following roads remain closed:

  • LA 44 is closed from Antioch Street to Rev. Dr. Samuel Jones Street
  • LA 642 from LA 44 to Sugarhouse Street is fully closed
  • LA 44 west of LA 3193 is open to residents only

The Coast Guard also closed off part of the Mississippi River due to the acid spill.

The river is closed until further notice from kilometer marker 149 to kilometer marker 153.

Boats on the river were evacuated to mile markers 149 to 155.

According to St. James officials, a train carrying 20,000 gallons of acid was involved in a derailment Wednesday afternoon.

The belly of the wagon has torn open and officials say there is no way to contain it.

The evacuation area was cleared and more than 150 people were asked to leave their homes.

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Crews are still assessing the amount spilled and the hazardous materials contained the area.

Officials say the wind is a concern. If the wind shifts overnight, further evacuations may be ordered.

Everyone in the current evacuation area has been accounted for, but crews will return to the area to verify everyone has been evacuated. Drones will also be used to monitor the evacuation site.

Residents of the affected area could experience respiratory problems as hydrochloric acid is an irritant.

Hydrochloric acid is most often used in cleaning products.

Authorities are asking residents to monitor social media throughout the night for more evacuations if called.

St. James officials say the last time a train derailed and caused an evacuation was in 1992 in Grammercy.

There is no estimated time frame for lifting evacuations or cleaning up the spill.

Anyone with older family members in the evacuation area is asked to call 225-562-2200 so arrangements can be made to evacuate them.

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