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July 21, 2021 8:46 AM

Chemical Emergency

Final Update - 10:00 PM Thursday from Dow Houston Operations:

"Thank you to all who have assisted at our Dow Houston Operations Bayport site. The site is stable. The tank has been isolated. Dow’s emergency response teams have removed the insulation from the tank, and temperatures continue to decline. As we embark on the cleanup process, the Bayport site will remain under restricted access.
Although this is our final update via social media, we will continue air monitoring and communicating with required agencies. Visit www.readyharris.org for the latest air monitoring data."
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Update at 11:58 AM - July 22, 2021:

The evacuation zone and road closures that were in place as a result of yesterday’s incident at Dow Chemical Bayport have now been released. Fairmont Pkwy and Bay Area Blvd are now open in both directions. If your home or business is located in the ½ mile evacuation radius that was established yesterday, you can now return to that area. The City appreciates your patience as our first responders, multiple response agencies, and Dow Chemical worked closely to ensure a safe resolution to this incident.
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Update as of 6:00 AM July 22, 2021 | The City continues to work with Dow and multiple agencies in response to the ongoing incident. The scene still remains active and as a result the existing road closures remain in effect. This includes Fairmont Pkwy remaining closed in both directions from Driftwood to 16th Street, and Bay Area Blvd remains closed from Spencer Hwy to just north of Choate Rd.
The half mile evacuation radius around the incident site remains in effect, please avoid this area.
Residents are encouraged to seek alternate routes while the roads remain closed.

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Update - 5:30 AM Thursday from Dow: July 22, 2021:

Dow’s Houston Operations Bayport site is stable as personnel continue to manage the tank event that began Wednesday morning.
Air monitoring both on-site and at the fence line continue to indicate there is no off-site impact. Visit www.readyharris.org for up to date air monitoring data. There does continue to be some road closures near the site. Please visit the La Porte Office of Emergency Management for up to date information.
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Update 4:29 PM July 21, 2021:

The response to the incident at Dow Chemical Bayport is ongoing. As a result, Fairmont Pkwy remains closed in both directions from Driftwood to 16th Street, and Bay Area Blvd remains closed from Spencer Hwy to an area just north of Choate Rd. Residents are encouraged to seek alternate routes while the roads remain closed. In addition, the half mile evacuation radius around the incident site remains in effect. The City continues to work with Dow and multiple agencies in response to the incident.

July 21, 2021 4:10 PM:
The area surrounding 13300 Bay Area Blvd. still remains an active scene. Residents should anticipate the established road closures will remain in place for an extended amount of time.

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Initial: July 21, 2021

The City has issued a Shelter in Place for all areas of La Porte east of Bay Area Blvd due to a chemical incident on Bay Area Blvd, south of Fairmont Pkwy. All areas east of Bay Area Blvd need to Shelter in Place at this time. Go inside, close all doors and windows, and turn off A/C systems. Remain sheltered in place until you receive an All Clear phone call from the City. Again, all areas east of Bay Area Blvd need to Shelter in Place immediately and remain sheltered until you receive an All Clear from the City.

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July 22, 2021 10:37 PM

Final Update - 10:00 PM Thursday from Dow Houston Operations:
"Thank you to all who have assisted at our Dow Houston Operations Bayport site. The site is stable. The tank has been isolated. Dow’s emergency response teams have removed the insulation from the tank, and temperatures continue to decline. As we embark on the cleanup process, the Bayport site will remain under restricted access. 
Although this is our final update via social media, we will continue air monitoring and communicating with required agencies. Visit www.readyharris.org  for the latest air monitoring data."

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July 22, 2021 11:59 AM

Update at 11:58 AM:

The evacuation zone and road closures that were in place as a result of yesterday’s incident at Dow Chemical Bayport have now been released.  Fairmont Pkwy and Bay Area Blvd are now open in both directions.  If your home or business is located in the ½ mile evacuation radius that was established yesterday, you can now return to that area.  The City appreciates your patience as our first responders, multiple response agencies, and Dow Chemical worked closely to ensure a safe resolution to this incident. 

July 22, 2021 8:18 AM

Update as of 6:00 AM | The City continues to work with Dow and multiple agencies in response to the ongoing incident. The scene still remains active and as a result the existing road closures remain in effect. This includes Fairmont Pkwy remaining closed in both directions from Driftwood to 16th Street, and Bay Area Blvd remains closed from Spencer Hwy to just north of Choate Rd. 
The half mile evacuation radius around the incident site remains in effect, please avoid this area. 
Residents are encouraged to seek alternate routes while the roads remain closed.