BUCKHANNON — Residents living near the Town of Buckhannon water treatment plant were temporarily evacuated Friday afternoon due to a chemical leak at the plant, town officials said .
The closure of the Wood Street plant was first announced after midday on Friday, with officials saying there was “a chlorine leak at the water plant. Please avoid this area until further notice.
The city then issued a mandatory evacuation order. “for all residents within a one-block radius of the plant until further notice.”
After 1 p.m., the mandatory evacuation order expired. “Residents who live in the area my return home,” a statement from the town of Buckhannon said. “Thanks!”
After 2 p.m., the city released a statement titled “Emergency summary of the water plant.” The statement stated:
“Earlier today there was a chemical leak at our water treatment plant on Wood Street in South Buckhannon. Buckhannon Fire and Police Department, Upshur County EMS and Upshur County DHSEM (Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management) were all quickly on the scene.
“As a precaution, a mandatory evacuation order was issued for all residents within a one-block radius of the plant, which has since been lifted.
“For our customers: our drinking water is safe to drink, there are no anticipated service interruptions and you don’t need to conserve water. Above all, no injuries were reported. Thank you to our experienced employees, the many first responders involved, and all those who have been touched for your patience.