The CEO of Arkema-America said there is "no way to prevent" an explosion from happening at the company's chemical plant in Crosby, Texas east of Houston in a rural area of Harris County. An updated statement appearing at 9:30 p.m. central time last night on Arkema-Americas.Com says the effects of Harvey have caused 6 feet of water to flood the entire plant provoking the loss of main and backup power supplies. The organic peroxide produced and stored inside the facility can no longer be refrigerated which eventually will lead to an explosion.
The company evacuated workers while Harris County Sheriff's Deputies assisted everyone within a 1-1/2 mile radius of the plant to evacuate. The company statement also says meteorologists predict area flooding will only increase and crest within the next few days before water levels begin to recede. The company has set up a call center to answer neighbors' questions and also for making financial claims. The phone number to call is 1-877-4-ARKEMA.
For information on how you can help everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey in general, please visit the official website for the American Red Cross or send a text message to the Red Cross with the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10.