What to know about the Flat Rock chemical spill, evacuations

Flat Rock residents in certain areas were evacuating over the weekend after a fuel spill at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant leaked benzene-containing vapors into the city’s sanitary sewer system last week. 

States of emergency were announced for both Wayne and Monroe counties. Officials in Flat Rock were going door to door in affected areas Sunday to speak to residents and recommend they evacuate.

“We urge Michiganders in the affected areas to take swift action and evacuate their homes,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in a news release. “You may not be able to see or smell the vapors that could put your health at risk, and we recommend everyone in the affected area consider relocating until further notice and we can confirm it is safe to return to your homes.”

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