Mayflower Oil Spill: One Month Later
MAYFLOWER (KATV) - One month after the Pegasus Pipeline ruptured in Mayflower, residents were still dealing with the aftermath in their own backyards.
Starlight Road was turned into a river of oil March 29. On April 29, it was a melting pot of clean-up crews.
"Just the constant noise and trucks and people everywhere is quite different from our quiet little neighborhood," said resident Nancy Combs. "It has been difficult not evacuating but...I have met some of the neighbors that have been staying in motel rooms and they have little kids and they say it's been very difficult."
Unlike many of the neighborhood's residents, Combs and her soon-to-be-retired husband have stayed through the noise and plan to stay permanently in the home they just bought three years ago.
Meanwhile, two investigators from the US Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration are no longer in the state. PHMSA said the investigation could take up to 20 months to finish.
To mark the one month anniversary Monday, the group "Arkansans Concerned About Oil Pipelines" met in Mayflower's Pearce Park. Click here for what happened at that meeting.