Possible hazmat issue on West Main between Hopkins and Powers roads
UPDATE 11:30 a.m.: Route 5 is reopened. The scene is "all clear." Residents of the area can resume normal activity.
UPDATED 8:54 a.m.
There is a report of a strong odor of ammonia on West Main Street Road between Hopkins Road and Powers Road in the Town of Batavia.
East Pembroke Fire Department along with Genesee County Emergency Services, Sheriff's Deputies, State Police and Mercy EMS are on scene.
One person has reportedly complained of eye irritation.
The strongest area of the odor is reportedly right at Hopkins Road.
Route 5 is shut down at Wortendyke Road and at Hartshorn Road. The emergency staging area is in the parking lot of First Choice Travel.
UPDATE 9:20 a.m.: Charlie Woodruff, owner of Woodruff Doors, said he and his wife came into work this morning and were unloading a truck of yesterday's debris and after about 10 or 15 minutes, his eyes started watering. After two more employees showed up and reported irritated eyes, he told them to leave and his wife called 9-1-1. He said, "I didn't really smell anything. It was just more irritation to the eyes."
UPDATE 9:51 a.m.: The cause is a chlorine chemical spread on a farm field north of Route 5. It's a common chemical used on agricultural soil. Typically, the chlorine would dissipate quickly, but because of the low winds over the past couple of days, the chemical has hung close to the ground. With the low winds and cloud cover today, it became more concentrated leading to throat, nose and eye irritation. At the current concentration, the chemical is not seriously harmful. About 177 residents in the area are being notified via reverse 9-1-1 to stay in their homes and call 9-1-1 if they notice any issues. Route 5 will be closed for some time yet. Emergency personnel will remain on scene until the rains start and the wind picks up, which will cause the chemical to dissipate or settle back into the ground.
How do you know if your having symptoms ??? I've had the windows open all morning and have a sore throat and my nose is stinging?? are these symptoms ??
You can call 911 and asked to be evaluated.
Holley, if it feels like you have been using too much bleach, that's a symptom. It sounds like you have a symptom, of course if you pass out and die you will never know if it was or not but we will be sure by then, that it was indeed a symptom. Then again, it could be a high mold or pollen count. Glad I'm not Dear Abbey.
No mention of the person using the chlorine? Special face mask, or self contained fresh air supply? Seems like it would bother him/her first.
I have a friend, from Schenectady, who admits he was probably high when adding chlorine to an operation at the Oyster Creek, Division of Dow Chemical, plant in Oyster Creek, Texas over thirty years ago. Some other dumb ass went in and dragged him out after he collapsed. I wish I could say it was me, but it wasn't. He's still alive anyway and he has been one of my closest friends for over thirty years. I would have risked my life for him then, if I had been there, and I would jump in front of a car for him now. That's what a NYS bond means to a true Batavian. My roots are embedded in the slime beneath the Tonawanda Creek. That's Crick to y'all.
I'm a self professed over-commenter looking for a cure, but I'm not sure there is one. Unless I can get Howard to ban me for my own good.
Richard, the application of the pesticide was made days ago. I imagine from a tractor. This is an operation that is a common occurrence of farms in the area.