Whether this storm is man made or not, this is just a crazy thing to happen down in Houston and it went from bad to worse in just a few days.
It was being reported that a pair of explosions was heard coming from an area in the city of Houston and then black smoke could be seen on the rise in the air during the day time. Arkema Inc, which runs the plant says that they were notified of the explosions by Harris County Emergency Operations earlier this morning (2 a.m. to be exact). Harris County Deputies announced that one of their officers had to be taken to the hospital after he inhaled some of those fumes that came from the plant.
The company notified people saying that what was inhaled was a non-toxic gas and that everyone should be okay.
Arkema’s CEO said on Wednesday that there was “no way to prevent” a possible explosion at the company’s Crosby, Texas facility, which has been heavily flooded as a result of Hurricane Harvey.
“We have an unprecedented 6 feet of water at the plant,” Arkema President and CEO Rich Rowe said in comments made Wednesday. “We have lost primary power and two sources of emergency backup power.
“As a result, we have lost critical refrigeration of the materials on site that could now explode and cause a subsequent intense fire. The high water and lack of power leave us with no way to prevent it,” he said.
Rowe also added: “We have evacuated our personnel for their own safety. The federal, state and local authorities were contacted a few days ago, and we are working very closely with them to manage this matter. They have ordered the surrounding community to be evacuated, too.”
“The worst-case scenario is that this chemical plant could explode,” he told ABC News.
Residents within a 1.5-mile radius of the facility, which is about 27 miles east of Houston, have been told to leave, according to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office.