FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2019
Harris County Offers ITC Incident Update
(Houston, TX) – Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) continue to support response efforts regarding the incident at Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) in the City of Deer Park. As of this afternoon, tank 80-13 continues to be emptied of Toluene.
More than a dozen local, state and federal partners remain working around the clock at the Harris County Emergency Operations Center for the 11th consecutive day. This is now the second longest period that Harris County has been activated to respond to an incident.
Based on current health-related data from multiple sources, the health risk for the general public remains low. Harris County Public Health recommends that those with health concerns should contact their healthcare provider.
If you do not have a provider, the Harris Health System’s Ask-My-Nurse helpline remains open 8 AM to 8:30 PM, 7 days a week to help answer health questions. The number is 713-634-1110.
While cleanup and monitoring of the water near the incident area is ongoing, the Houston Ship Channel has reopened for one-way traffic for daytime operations. Harris County Commissioner Precinct 2 parks near the ITC site that have waterfront areas will remain closed to the public until water sample results have come back with safe findings.
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