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Residents to be evacuated due to derailment cleanup work

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Residents living within one-half mile of the site of the October 29 train derailment will be evacuated before work begins Tuesday to remove the chemicals remaining in the tanker cars.

In total, 31 homes are inside the one-half mile area. Representative of the Paducah and Louisville railroad will visit each of the homes and provide the residents with pre-pair hotel information.

In addition, the railroad is giving the evacuated residents $100 per day for each adult and $50 per day per child to help compensate for the inconvenience. P&L will also reimburse the residents for other expenses they incur during the time they are evacuated.

While the work is in progress, traffic restrictions will again go into place. Starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Dixie Highway will be closed from Highway 44 at the Salt River Bridge on the south to Highway 44 on the north. River traffic will also be stopped while hydrogen fluoride and butadiene are removed from the derailed tanker cars.

Drivers affected by the road closure are also being compensated by P&L, but you must file a claim.

According to press release from Mayor Greg Fischer's office, P&L officials said those living outside a five-mile radius of the derailment site who must commute around the road closure for work will receive a payment of $50 for the period of the second road closure. The railroad said those living within a five-mile radius of the derailment site will be compensated according to their individual circumstances.

Individuals who already have made a detour mileage claim for the first road closure will be contacted by Railway Claim Services officials. Those who have not made detour mileage claims to date may call 800-786-5204 for information about how to file a claim.

P&L has two outreach centers, which are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday by appointment, for making and following up on claims. 

The center at the VFW Post 1181, 6518 Blevins Gap Road, handles first time mileage reimbursement claims only. The second center in West Point, located at Music Ranch USA building, 409 South Street, deals with all other claims.

For those who have questions other than claims, P&L has set up a hotline: 1-866-728-9210.

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