The DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency issued an Evacuation Order that was in effect for approximately 1,000 feet from the intersection of Highways 35 and 75 in Rainsville. That warning was issued at around 10:30 on Thursday morning due to a HazMat spill which caused a “threat to life” safety situation.
According to the DeKalb County EMA, the spill involved Peracetic Acid – which leaked following an accident involving the transport truck. Peracetic Acid creates a number of dangers, including the possibility for an explosion occurring. Public Safety officials quickly shut down the area, and went to work making sure that everyone within a wide radius was safe and aware of the situation – an assortment of emergency personnel worked throughout the day and into the night – to steer people clear of the area. Fortunately it appears no one was hurt as a result of the incident.
That wreck remains under investigation.
The EMA states that Cornerstone School in Rainsville is ON DELAY, until 10:00 Friday morning and Plainview and the DeKalb County Tech Center are on regular schedule. According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the troopers that were assigned to that spill were finally relieved of that duty around 2:30am Friday.
We’ll have more on this story as it becomes available.