Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 32° Partly Cloudy
News >  Nation/World

Evacuated Residents Get To Go Home

Compiled From Wire Services

Residents locked out of their city for nearly three weeks because of a train derailment and propane fire will return home today, officials said Thursday.

“This time they’re coming in their cars and they’re coming in to stay,” said Wisconsin National Guard 2nd Lt. Gary Thompson.

In recent days, the city’s 1,700 residents were bused in to check their homes for safety, but weren’t allowed to stay. Residents were given the go-ahead to return home after officials repaired a leak and restored pressure to the city’s water system.

This entire central Wisconsin city was evacuated after 35 cars in a Wisconsin Central Ltd. train derailed March 4. Fourteen of the cars contained liquid propane. The leaking fuel erupted in a fire that continued for days, threatening a massive explosion.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.


Annual health and dental insurance enrollment period open now

 (Courtesy Washington Healthplanfinder)
Sponsored

2020 has been a stressful year for myriad reasons.