Pipeline Ruptures in Yazoo County, Dozens rushed to the hospital

 

UPDATE: February 23, 2020

PEARL, Miss. – Residents forced to evacuate following a 24-inch pipe rupture in Yazoo County will soon return to their homes, with an escort. Environmental Specialists will conduct air quality tests to ensure no gas is lingering in low-lying areas.

Officials informed MEMA that those residents and first responders treated for their injuries at areas hospitals have been released.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is assisting the Yazoo County Emergency Management Agency after a 24-inch pressurized pipe ruptured, February 22, 2020, around 8:00 p.m.

The rupture happened in a heavily wooded area near Highway 433 near Satartia.

More than 300 residents evacuated, and 46 people were treated at area hospitals. The shelter at Yazoo County Junior High School, located at 116 Panther Drive, Yazoo City, is expected to close by 10:00 Sunday morning.

 

 

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PEARL, Miss. – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is assisting the Yazoo County Emergency Management Agency after a 24-inch pressurized pipe ruptured, February 22, 2020, around 8:00 p.m. The rupture happened in a heavily wooded area near Highway 433 near Satartia.  More than 300 residents were evacuated. At this time, 46 people are being treated at area hospitals.

The pipe contained Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S). Residents in the area complained of green gas and a noxious odor. The pipeline belongs to Denbury Enterprises.

Currently, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is working to determine if the area is safe so residents can return home. Meanwhile, a shelter is open at Yazoo County Junior High School, located at 116 Panther Drive, Yazoo City.

Through an initial investigation, the rupture could be a result of recent weather events. It appears the ground caved into a ravine damaging the 24-inch pipe.

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