Two explosions have been reported at a flooded chemical plant in the Texas.
Chemicals from the Arkema complex have been released into the atmosphere as heavy rainfall from Hurricane Harvey led to the facility losing its ability to refrigerate chemical compounds that need to be kept cool.
The facility manufactures organic peroxides used in construction materials, wastewater treatment and pharmaceuticals.
Arkema Group said in a statement this morning: “At approximately 2am CDT, we were notified by the Harris County Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) of two explosions and black smoke coming from the Arkema Inc. plant in Crosby, Texas.
“We want local residents to be aware that product is stored in multiple locations on the site and a threat of additional explosion remains. Please do not return to the area within the evacuation zone until local emergency response authorities announce it is safe to do so.”
At least 33 people have reportedly died in eastern Texas in the aftermath of the storm.