Some residents of Crosby, Texas, have been ordered to evacuate

The town faces the threat of an explosion from a flooded manufacturing plant.
1:21 | 08/31/17

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Transcript for Some residents of Crosby, Texas, have been ordered to evacuate
Next tonight, an alarming head line. Waters putting a chemical plant at risk of exploding. Workers evacuated and then families living nearby while operators say they can only watch and wait. Here's Clayton Sandell. Reporter: Tonight Crosby Texas is dealing with too much water. And now the potential for fire or worse. The new danger coming from a flooded manufacturing plant. The CEO of Arkema inc. Reportedly saying today he expects chemicals stored there will catch fire or explode within six days telling the wall Street journal there is "No way to prevent it." In a statement, the company describes the situation at the plant as "Serious." Dozens of homes are nearby and everyone living within a 1 1/2-mile radius has been ordered to evacuate. Families, their pets and whatever they could carry leaving in school buses and military vehicles. The chemicals used to make things like hoses, foam cups and plastic pipes need to be kept cold. But more than 40 inches of rain knocked out electricity killed backup generators and now threatens the remaining cold storage units. What is not clear tonight is exactly how big a fire or explosion might be, and exactly what the impact would be on people or the environment. Tonight, state, local and federal officials are watching closely, Tom. A story we're going to stay on top of for the next several days. Collate. Our things to you.

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