Authorities in Nebraska have been alerted to a leak in an ammonia pipeline.
An emergency manager for Burt County has confirmed the incident has forced a number of families to be evacuated and that a nearby highway was closed.
About 40 residents in 23 homes were told to leave the area, it has been reported.
As of Wednesday morning KPTM, the pipeline company,nsaid it had 50 employees on site alongside federal regulators and state and local emergency responders. The pipeline section where the leak occurred has been shut down shut down.
“Progress is being made on repairs at the release site and air quality readings continue to improve,” the company said. “It is our goal to completely isolate the failed portion of the pipeline (Wednesday), which will allow the reopening of local roadways.”
Those evacuated have not been able to return. KPTN will pay the families’ expenses.