Hurricane Harvey has caused catastrophic damage in Houston. An Arkema chemical plant located in Crosby, Texas, just 25 miles outside of downtown Houston, flooded as a result of the heavy rains in August.. On August 31, 2017, the first of two explosions occurred at the plant after floodwaters from the hurricane disabled power and backup generators, cutting off the refrigeration needed to keep the toxic chemicals stable.
The chemical that was released into the environment as a result of the explosions was mainly organic peroxide, which is a toxic irritant. Residents within a 1.5-mile radius from the plant were forced to evacuate. Over 100 families had to leave their homes as a result of the explosions. Many law enforcement officers, who were in the area monitoring the scene and maintaining a perimeter around the evacuation zone, ended up in the hospital after becoming ill from inhaling the fumes from the explosion.
A few days later, Arkema ignited the remaining chemical containers, causing more fumes to be released into the environment. The controlled burn was ordered so that hazard assessment teams could safely access the facility.
A lawsuit has been initiated by first responders against Arkema for failing to warn them of the toxic chemicals they would be exposed to.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a plant explosion, the experienced lawyers at the law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner can assist with your claim. Call us today at 713-396-3964 or 800-594-4884 for your free consultation.