UPDATE: City employee hospitalized after chlorine leak at Tyler plant

UPDATE: City employee hospitalized after chlorine leak at Tyler plant
Monday, April 1, 2013 - 3:27pm

The City of Tyler Water Department announced this morning that they experienced a leak in a chlorine pipe at the Lake Palestine Water Treatment Plant.  A hazardous materials unit from the Tyler Fire Department responded to the scene and was able to secure the area and ensure the chlorine that leaked had dissipated.

“At approximately 6:45 a.m. an alarm at the plant alerted staff that there was a leak,” said Managing Director of Water Utilities Greg Morgan.  “In accordance with standard protocol, the Fire Department was notified to begin response and plant workers donned emergency breathing apparatus and were able to close the emergency shut off valves – stopping the leak.”

One City employee, who was arriving to work at the time, is believed to have been exposed to the chlorine. He was transported to the hospital and is undergoing treatment at this time.  He is reported to be in stable condition.

The Fire Department ventilated the area and cleared the scene.  No evacuation outside of the plant property was needed.  City workers are currently returning to their work stations at the plant.

“’At this time we do not know what caused the leak to occur,” added Morgan.  “However, we will be investigating further.”

UPDATE: Tyler Police tell KETK, roads are no longer blocked for HAZMAT clean-up.

There was a chlorine spill at a water treatment plant, but the issue was contained to a nearby building.

Roads were initially being blocked off as a precaution, but the matter was able to be resolved quickly.

ORIGINAL REPORT: Traffic is completely blocked at the intersection of Grande Blvd. and Old Noonday Rd.

Tyler Police tell KETK, HAZMAT is working on a chlorine issue.

Drivers are urged to use an alternate route.

KETK has a crew on the way to find out more information.

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