Some residents who were evacuated from a pipeline leak near Tekamah on Monday night are now being allowed to go back home.
Crews have isolated the toxic area to a two-mile radius from the point where the pipeline broke. Residents who live outside of the two-mile radius can go home tonight.
City officials say crews are on site working to clear the air as fast and efficiently as possible so the remainder of the residents can return home.
"They realize they want us safe, they're worried about the man that was killed. And they just want everybody safe is the thing. When they say we can go home, we'll go home," says Maryls Raue, an evicted resident.
Many residents are staying with family in the meantime or at Super 8 motel in Onawa.
Rumors of more people being evacuated were shut down after city officials stated residents who attended Wednesdays town meeting had the impression they would be allowed to return home Thursday. Police evacuated those residents who believed they were able to go home. No further evacuations were made.
The fatality of this pipeline break resulted in the death of one man, 59-year-old Phillip Hennig. Hennig died while driving through the area Monday evening and his funeral service is being held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Tekamah at the First Presbyterian Church.
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