Residents of Michigan suburb call for transparency amid evacuations over Ford plant gas leak
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Residents of a Michigan suburb have called for transparency after being asked to evacuate their homes due to a hazardous gas leak from a nearby Ford assembly plant.
Members of the Flat Rock community gathered at a local high school on Sunday for an update on the government’s response to the leak of benzene vapors into the sewers.
FORD PLANT DETERMINED AS CAUSE OF BENZENE VAPORS THAT CAUSED MICHIGAN SUBURB EVACUATION
"It’s been going on for four or five days," resident Darrell Gore told FOX2 Detroit. "There’s a lack of transparency, we haven’t really gotten the answers to a lot of our questions, so that’s why we're here."
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) encouraged residents of certain affected zones to evacuate over concerns of possible risk, according to the station.
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"We don’t believe there is any imminent danger to the residence at this time, however, we are acting out of an abundance of caution," said MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel.
Flat Rock Mayor Mark Hammond said that while 465 homes are being asked to evacuate, officials are leaving the decision up to the families, the station reported.
The leak of benzene, a flammable chemical found in crude oil and gasoline, prompted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday to declare a state of emergency for Wayne and Monroe counties.