LAFAYETTE, LA (WAFB) - An evacuation order issued for areas surrounding the Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) North Water Plant following a minor chemical spill Sunday night was lifted Monday afternoon.
LUS officials say a small amount of hydrated lime was released from the LUS North Water Plant and caused a cloud of the material to spread over the area, covering nearby roofs and structures. The white powdery substance, when airborne, can cause eye, skin and respiratory irritation.
LUS officials, Lafayette Fire Department, Lafayette Police Department and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality isolated the affected areas to err on the side of caution.
All residents in the evacuation area were notified and relocated as crews worked. They were allowed to return to their homes and resume normal activity once the evacuation order was lifted Monday.
All residents within the evacuation area are urged to change their HVAC filters upon returning home.
The 100 and 200 Block of Buchanan Street will remain closed to through traffic due to clean up. However, LUS officials say there is no public safety concern for the remainder of the clean up.