Evacuees in Starks still cannot go home - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Evacuees in Starks still cannot go home

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It is no longer leaking gas, but high pressure salt water is still spewing from a well-head in Starks. Until it is fixed, residents will not be allowed home.

On Thursday, a damaged well-head in Starks forced residents out of their homes, as dangerous gases escaped into the air. A special team from Houston has been called in to stop the leak. Until it is fixed, Zachry Exploration, the company who owns and operates the well, has arranged for residents to stay at a nearby motel.

"We appreciate what they are doing, it's just not home. We don't know about our animals, we don't know about our home. We don't know what to do at this point, except sit and wait, and see how long it takes them to get something done," said Keith Hyatt.

Zachry Exploration said, they hope to have this situation contained soon.

"The experts that are working with us on getting this taken care of don't think that they will be able to get a valve installed by the end of the day. They will work as long as they have enough light, and they hope to have that taken care of by tomorrow," said Vicky Waddy with Zachry Exploration.

Residents staying at the Days Inn will be accommodated through Sunday morning . If the repairs take longer than expected their stay will be extended.

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