MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) - Tuesday marks the fourth full day of cleanup following the ExxonMobil oil spill that happened Friday in Mayflower, Arkansas.
Cleanup crews and Exxon representatives have spent time around the clock working to repair damage caused from spewing crude oil that flooded the area. While more than 12,000 barrels of oil and water have been collected over the last four days, a mess still remains. Oil is still in the area and pungent fumes fill the air.
According to an update released from ExxonMobil Tuesday afternoon, 15 vacuum trucks and 33 storage tanks are on site to clean up and store the barrels collected.
Dr. William Mason, with the Arkansas Department of Health, said the main health concern right now is in the Northwoods subdivision, where the pipeline ruptured, flooding yards and the street. Twenty-two homes were evacuated, and residents don't have a timeline on when they will be allowed back in their houses. ExxonMobil said a plan is being developed to return the residents to their homes, but state health authorities will make the final call on when it is safe.
ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has a claims hotline for residents affected by the spill to register a claim and get more information. About 90 claims have been made to date. To reach those representatives, contact 1-800-876-9291.
On Tuesday, Ed Barham with the Arkansas Health Department said air quality control workers continue monitoring the air to determine what components could be in it. Multiple agencies are processing results from the tests, and those results should be revealed in the coming days.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) categorizes the incident as a major spill, which reflects a quantity greater than 250 barrels.