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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A stretch of Dixie Highway remains closed, as crews work to move derailed train cars carrying toxic chemicals.
Crews finished transferring hydrogen fluoride from damaged tank cars to other tank cars on Wednesday evening. In addition, both butadiene cars have been "flared" of any residual product, a statement from MetroSafe said.
On Thursday, workers will begin work toward transferring sodium hydroxide from tank cars. Crews plan to put all the chemicals into empty rail cars and move them out by sometime Friday.
Air and water restrictions have been lifted, although Dixie Highway remains closed, the statement said.
People who live within a half a mile of the scene have been evacuated. Emergency management says air quality monitors, so far, show no sign of any toxic chemicals being released.
West Point Independent School announced Wednesday that it would be closed on Thursday. There's been no decision made about Friday.
Further information about claims paid by P & L Railway, per MetroSafe:
Child care/Lost wages due to West Point Independent school closure Nov. 13 - ??:
P&L will compensate West Point parents at the rate of $50 per child, per day, for elementary school-age children, if the child went to day care during this evacuation. If a parent had to stay home from work with a child who otherwise would have been in school, P&L will cover the lost net wages for one parent. The resident will need to provide some evidence that the child was in day care or that a parent missed otherwise scheduled work. The claims hotline can help residents determine what kind of evidence is sufficient: 800-786-5204.
P&L continues to reimburse affected residents as follows:
- $100 per day per adult, and $50 per day per child for evacuated residents, plus documented expenses
- Detour mileage for those living outside a five-mile radius from the derailment site and having to commute around the closed Dixie Highway:
o $100 for the initial road closure period
o $50 for the second road closure period
Individuals living within a five-mile radius of the derailment site will be compensated according to their individual circumstances
We have now been able to establish land lines at the Outreach Center at VFW Post 1181,at 6518 Blevins Gap Road (which is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; except it will be closed from Thursday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving Holiday), so our reception for calls is dramatically improved. Here are the updated phone numbers for residents to call:
Residential/Commuter Claims: Residents and other affected individuals may call 502-937-5515 or 502-937-5539 to make an appointment to meet with a counselor to discuss reimbursement.
Business Claims: Business owners may call 502-492-5936 to make an appointment to meet with a counselor to discuss reimbursement for lost business.
Claims Hotline: for questions about what kinds of claims are being paid, and what documents to bring to the claims center: 800-786-5204.
Non-claims Related Questions: Callers with questions about issues OTHER than claims may call toll-free 866-728-9210.