'Too early to say' if displaced families will be reimbursed - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

'Too early to say' if displaced families will be reimbursed


The American Red Cross Lubbock says more than 100 people were affected by the evacuation caused by the chemical leak at Bayer CropScience.

Bill Curnow, volunteer for the American Red Cross Lubbock, says there were approximately 20 homes that fell within the mandatory evacuation zone and another 100 or so homes in the voluntary evacuation zone.

"So that's several hundred people that were potentially affected," Curnow said.

Curnow says only about six people spent the night at the Salvation Army. He says the others probably stayed at hotels or with friends and family.

Residents we spoke with said they were asleep when they received reverse 911 calls warning them about the leak.

"About 1:30, this lady came in and knocking real hard at the door," said Rosa Olveda.

Rosa and her family were among those who stayed at the Salvation Army.

"We were scared, we didn't know where we were going to stay. So my mom called 911 to see where we're staying," said 10-year-old Nina.

Lubbock Fire Department officials mapped out the area that they felt was in danger. Some residents who live near the site, but not in that specific area, were not asked to vacate and some raised concern about their and their family's safety. Officials said those outside the area could self-evacuate if they felt the need to.

It is unclear as to exactly how many people spent the night in hotels. Bayer CropScience Vice President Monty Christian said it is still too early to say if those families who stayed at hotels will be reimbursed for their expenses. Christian said their main concern is immediate safety.

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