MORNING UPDATE: Louisiana State Police Haz Mat has evaluated the situation this morning and has lifted the shelter in place advisory for residents. Highway 87 is now open. The portion of Bayou Teche affected by the spill is absolutely off limits and is closed to vessel traffic. Please stay out of the bayou.
EVENING UPDATE: The advisory to shelter in place remains in effect for residents on LA Highway 182 and LA Highway 87 from the Sorrel Bridge (St. Mary Co-Op) to one mile east of the Adeline Bridge. Clean up crews are continuing to work overnight to contain the spill. DEQ is monitoring air quality in the area. LA Highway 87 is closed to traffic from the Adeline Bridge to the Sorrel Bridge. That section of Bayou Teche is also restricted to vessel traffic. St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s deputies will be patrolling the area throughout the night.
Original Release: Sheriff Mark Hebert advises that deputies are responding to a chemical spill in Bayou Teche near the Adeline Bridge. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office received a report of a substance in the water at 5:30 this evening. Preliminary information from the site indicates that the chemical is petroleum based. Deputies have identified a source of the chemical which has been cut off and secured. However, the situation remains active. Fire personnel are standing by. As a safety precaution, residents in the area are advised to shelter in place at this time. Agencies including the US Coast Guard and Louisiana State Police Hazardous Material Unit are also responding. Water plant facilities along the Teche have been notified. Oil boom is in place to contain the spill. Road traffic on Highway 87 and water vessel traffic east and west of the spill area is being restricted at this time.
Bayou Teche (a portion of the waterway affected by the spill)