ESCO: Milford closed until Saturday at earliest
Phil Banker, [email protected]
Lt. James Saulter with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office said residents of Milford will have to wait until at least Saturday morning to return to their homes.
All of Milford’s 700-plus residents were evacuated Thursday after a liquified petroleum gas pipeline exploded shortly after 9:30 a.m. The explosion was allegedly caused by workers drilling a hole into the pipeline during construction work.
Saulter said Chevron workers and equipment is on site and they are working to cap the remaining pipes and burn off the gas.
“The flame size has dropped, but it’s still burning,” he said.
He said Chevron is arranging for hotel rooms to house some of the residents with nowhere else to go.
The company set up a claims telephone hotline for affected residents: 1-855-276-1272.
County Judge Carol Bush released a statement Friday saying Milford residents who need to return to their homes to retrieve prescription medicine or feed household pets are asked to register with the Red Cross at the Italy High School gymnasium at 300 College Street. Residents must provide proof of residency, and will be escorted to their homes by ESCO deputies in passenger vans. Only one resident per household will be allowed to enter the home.