Mayflower still feeling effects of oil spill one month later

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    Video: Mayflower still feeling effects of oil spill one month later

    MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) -- This time 4 weeks ago, several emergency response crews were working together to keep oil from moving into Lake Conway after a pipeline ruptured in Mayflower.

    Mayflower resident John Glover, an army veteran in his 80s, said he retired to the area with his wife in 1995 after moving to Arkansas from Illinois. He said he'll never forget the day the oil spill occurred.

    "When the oil spill happened, I knew it was going to be bad, and my wife--she goes out every day. She said 'John, it's just awful,'" Glover recalled.

    With asbestos on his lungs from the Army and on oxygen, Glover said he made the mistake of venturing out the day after the oil spill.

    "I had the window down, and I had to put a napkin over my nose, and I had to turn around and come back home because I could not stand that smell," he described.

    Now, Exxon and County officials are trying to prevent anymore mishaps for the city. With rain in the forecast, County Judge Allan Dodson said they are working to keep oil from spreading out of a cove where oil leaked.

    "With extreme rain events, sometimes the cove will actually overtop Highway 89. It's not that unusual, and we don't want that to happen," said Dodson.

    Dodson said large pumps are being used to keep water at an optimal level.

    While Glover said the smell has gone away, he still worries about its lasting impact. Even with lingering questions about the future, there is one thing Mayflower resident John Glover knows for sure.

    "I love Mayflower. I have some of the best friends and neighbors that I have ever had in every place that I have lived," he concluded.

    On Monday, Senator Mark Pryor will visit the oil spill site to check on the cleanup progress.

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