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Willard evacuation alert lifted

Sandusky Register Staff • Nov 29, 2013 at 8:57 AM

(UPDATED 7 P.M. THURSDAY) — Willard officials and CSX representatives lifted an evacuation alert, allowing most of the people impacted by the spill to return home.

Some homes on North Main Street, Church Street and Pleasant Street are still affected.

The Community Outreach Center located at Willard High School will remain open throughout the weekend.

For more, including to hear what Gov. John Kasich said at the high school, pick up Friday's Register.

(ORIGINAL STORY, WEDNESDAY) Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to visit Willard on Thanksgiving Day, where he'll join city officials to discuss the train derailment and the evacuation of people from their homes.

He also plans to meet with families for a Thanksgiving luncheon at the high school, where many of the displaced residents are staying as they wait out the cleanup after a chemical spill late Tuesday.

The spill happened at about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, when a CSX train derailed and one of its cars spilled a hazardous chemical. Authorities evacuated about 400 homes, and residents have yet to get the OK to return.

Kasich spokeswoman Connie Wehrkamp said CSX is providing the luncheon for cleanup crews and any residents affected by the spill. The governor is scheduled to arrive in Willard at about 12:30 p.m.

For more on the train derailment, click here.

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