Forum staff reports , Published December 31 2013
Evacuated Casselton residents can return home at 3 p.m.CASSELTON, N.D. - The voluntary evacuation of Casselton will be lifted at 3 p.m. today.
Multiple health and environmental officials say the air quality is now safe for residents to return.
Residents are reminded that the National Transportation Safety Board is on site conducting their investigation, said a news release from the Cass County Sheriff's Office. Hazardous materials crews from Burlington Northern Santa Fe will still be working to clear the wreckage and extinguish any smoldering fires. There may be small flare ups or smoke clouds as cars are being moved. In these instances residents should keep a respectful distance. Current predictions are that winds are favorable for the city of Casselton from the North/Northeast direction.
Those directly within one mile south of the incident location are advised to use extra caution upon returning to their homes.
The Red Cross shelter at Discovery Middle School will be close at 3 p.m. today.
The Red Cross is offering free mental health support to any individuals or families that would like to talk about this disaster. Disaster mental health professionals can be reached by calling (866) 342-1799.