CLARKSBORO, N.J. — The Unified Command announced Saturday that Operation Home Safely returned the residents of more than 160 homes in the Paulsboro evacuation area after air testing showed no detectable level of vinyl chloride.
Crews continue Saturday to check in-home air quality and provide air monitoring results.
“We are pleased that through Operation Home Safely, we returned the majority of Paulsboro evacuees to their residences,” said Capt. Kathy Moore, the Coast Guard incident commander. “Our priority now is the safe removal of the rail cars, which will allow residents of the remaining 10 homes under the evacuation order to return home.”
A total of 241 response personnel worked Friday into Saturday to recover plastic pellets and lumber from two derailed cars and re-rail the cars.
Active air monitoring continues at the derailment site as crews prepare to remove the remaining rail cars from Mantua Creek.
Additionally, Red Cross volunteers are going door-to-door throughout the community to distribute flyers on how residents both within and outside the evacuation zone can receive free air quality tests.
Anyone who has been impacted by the derailment can call the 24-hour community assistance hotline at 1-800-230-7049.
The official news and information site for the Paulsboro derailment is www.paulsbororesponse.com.