Gas spill update: Most roads now open in Woodville

Published 7:41 am Friday, November 3, 2017

— Most of the roads that were closed after a gasoline truck dumped nearly 900 gallons of gas in Woodville have reopened, local officials said.

Woodville Police Chief Jessie Stewart said U.S. 61 and part of Mississippi 24 have been reopened.

The block of Mississippi 24 which extends into Main Street in Woodville remains closed.

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That section of Mississippi 24, between Flick’s Gas Station and Treppendahl’s Super Foods, is where the majority of the gasoline flowed after spilling from a Buffalo Services vehicle early Friday morning.

Lane McCarty, division manager for Buffalo Services, said he believed a lever on the hose which connected the truck to the gas station’s tank was not secured, causing the hose to detach and spew gasoline onto the pavement.

Flick’s Gas Station is set upon a slight incline, and when the gas began flowing from the truck, it ran into a storm drain.

The drain flows beneath the block of Mississippi 24 that is still blocked off and into a nearby ditch, where employees of Clean Harbors, a hazardous waste disposal company, were vacuuming up the spill.

Raymond Gaude, senior project manager for Clean Harbors, said the water taken from that ditch would be taken for testing and then disposed of.

Gaude also said the ditch would be excavated and recovered in soil so that any gasoline which soaked into the ground surrounding it would also be removed.

Stewart said that ditch removal had not yet started and that it would likely take several days.

Stewart said 12 to 13 businesses were closed for safety reasons during the spill and that some might be able to reopen Saturday.