After days of unrest in Plaster Rock since last Tuesday’s train derailment, the fires have been extinguished completely and evacuees were allowed to return home on Saturday. News Source 8’s Angela Christoforos reports…
Evacuee Derek Green said, “As far as the evacuation orders everything has been lifted due to their hard work.”
Evacuee Jeanine King said, “Very happy.”
Evacuee Laurie Beaulieu said, “Everybody’s been patient and this is the day we’ve been waiting for.”
After nearly 5 days of waiting over 100 evacuees finally got the ok to return to their homes Saturday. The LPG fires were extinguished completely just before 7 am (Canadian time) Saturday morning.
CN Rail Director of Public and Government Affairs Jim Feeny said, “We removed the last of that material the 3 LPG cars, the locomotive, and the 2 clay cars that were still there. The Residents are returning home we’re very very happy about that.”
Evacuees couldn’t agree more, “Very happy, it will be nice to get back into our own bed for sure,” said Beaulieu.
CN Rail Officials say the track has also been repaired and is now back in service. All that’s left of the derailment is the cleanup of spilled crude oil.
According to CN Rail Officials, Longley Road which is about 3 quarters of a mile from the actual derailment site is expected to stay blocked off until Monday.
Though most of the evacuees were allowed back home on Saturday; residents of one home were not allowed to return back home as soon because it’s within the 100 meter exclusion zone of the derailment site. The Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating what caused the train derailment.