Evacuations Urged For Oil Spill Residents 7-29-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Evacuations Urged For Oil Spill Residents 7-29-2010

KALAMAZOO, Mich.The Calhoun County Public Health Department is recommending immediate evacuation of residents directly affected in and around the site of the Kalamazoo River oil spill.
This area affects approximately 30 to 50 homes north and northwest of the oil spill site.
Calhoun County Health Department and Michigan Department of Community Health officials and volunteers will personally visit those homes affected to deliver notices of recommended evacuation.
The health department is recommending evacuation due to the high than acceptable levels of Benzene found in air quality tests and the adverse long-term affect associated with exposure.
Benzene is a chemical that is a colorless or light yellow liquid at room temperature. It has a sweet odor and is highly flammable. People who breathe in high levels of benzene may develop the following signs and symptoms: drowsiness, dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, headaches, tremors, confusion, or unconsciousness.
Volunteers are securing hotel rooms and arranging shelter locations for residents and pets.
Residents will be notified of shelter locations and available hotels once they receive their evacuation notice.
Evacuated residents are asked to save all receipts for expenses incurred as a result of this evacuation. Evacuees will be reimbursed by Enbridge.
For questions, please call the Enbridge Oil Spill Hotline at 800-306-6837 or the Public Health Department at 269-969-6341.
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