Sorrell/Charenton residents under shelter in place advisory due to chemical spill in Bayou Teche

A portion of Bayou Teche affected by the chemical spill. Photo Courtesy: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office

ST. MARY PARISH, La. (KLFY) – Deputies are asking residents in the Sorrell/Charenton to shelter in place as a precaution due to a chemical leak in Bayou Teche.

The sheriff’s office received the report around 5:30 p.m. of a chemical substance in the bayou near the Adeline Bridge

Crews have been working since the early evening to clean it up.

LA 87 east and west of the Adeline Bridge is closed to traffic. Bayou Teche has also been closed to boat traffic due to the spill.

Master Trooper Brooks David, of the Louisiana State Police, said a LSP hazmat team is in place and is monitoring air quality.

645A7D6B324A4E8490A009A4294D010COfficials with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality are headed to the scene, according to David.

Public Information Officer Traci Landry said investigators believe the chemical is petroleum based.

KLFY has a crew en route to St. Mary Parish and will have more information at 10 p.m.

Official Statement from the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office:  

Charenton-Sorrel Residents Advised to Shelter in Place – Chemical Spill Under Investigation

Sheriff Mark Hebert advises that deputies are responding to a chemical spill in Bayou Teche near the Adeline Bridge. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office received a report of a substance in the water at 5:30 this evening. Preliminary information from the site indicates that the chemical is petroleum based. Deputies have identified a source of the chemical which has been cut off and secured. However, the situation remains active. Fire personnel are standing by. As a safety precaution, residents in the area are advised to shelter in place at this time. Agencies including the US Coast Guard and Louisiana State Police Hazardous Material Unit are also responding. Water plant facilities along the Teche have been notified. Oil boom is in place to contain the spill. Road traffic on Highway 87 and water vessel traffic east and west of the spill area is being restricted at this time.

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