Sciota anhydrous leak forces evacuation of homes, school
Wed, 03 Nov 2010 18:21:35 GMT —
UPDATE: November 03 at 1:40 p.m.
Emergency crews evacuated half the town of Sciota Wednesday after an anhydrous ammonia leak.
Students at West Prairie in Sciota were bused to Colchester for a couple of hours, and a two mile radius around Highway 9 was evacuated at 9:30 Wednesday morning.
A driver filling his storage tank drove away with the vapor hose still attached and a little more than 2 gallons of liquid spilled.
No one was injured or needed treatment from the ammonia vapor cloud that caused the evacuations.
The site was cleared close to noon.
Around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, an anhydrous leak was phoned in on Washington Street in Sciota.
They proceeded to evacuate West Prairie High School as well as a number of homes along Illinois Route 9.
The McDonough County Voice's Jodi Pospeschil reported that students from West Prairie High School were sent to Colchester on district buses.