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Leak forces new evacuation

  • Published Monday, May 7, 2007, at 1 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at 5:15 p.m.

Parts of Greensburg had to be evacuated again today even as residents were allowed in to retrieve belongings.

Rescuers were working to shore up a slight leak on a 30,000-gallon rail car carrying anhydrous ammonia, a tank damaged in the tornado, said David Sternbenz, an official with the Topeka Fire Department.

While rescuers were working on it, they accidentally broke off a 2-inch valve, causing a serious leak. All incoming traffic into Greensburg has been stopped because of the leak.

They are bringing in a new valve from Dodge City but are trying to intercept the truck with a helicopter to bring the valve in faster.

The car was carrying 14,000 pounds of liquid.

People in the immediate area were evacuated.

Travis Heying

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