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Spill forces school evacuation, but students will not be release - KOAM TV 7

Updated at 1:50: Spill forces school evacuation, but students will not be released early

Updated 1:50 PM CST:  The Joplin school superintendent says all students are safe and will not be released early and buses will run as normal.

Parents who pick up students of Duenweg Elementary are to pick them up at the south gym entrance of East Middle School.

News release issued by Dr. C.J. Huff, Joplin Schools Superintendent:

Due to a potential low-level gas leak in the City of Duenweg sewage line, students from Duenweg Elementary School have been evacuated to East Middle School as a safety precaution.

Students are NOT being released early. Students who ride busses will be transported home as usual.

Students who walk will be transported by bus to their home. If you are a parent who picks up their child you will need to pick them up at the south gym entrance of East Middle School located east of the roundabout at Duquesne Road & 20th Street.

At this time, it looks as though school will resume as normal on Friday, December 17, 2010.

We do not consider this an emergency situation because all students are safe. If you have any questions please call 417-625-5200.

Updated 1:25 PM CST:  Jasper County Emergency Manager Keith Stammer tells us officials received a report of a liquid gas spill at around 10 a.m.

He says a contract company was pumping liquid out of the ground water well and it turns out that they were pumping water and gas into the Joplin sewer system.

Stammer says the levels of sewer gases were higher levels than they should have been.  He says there is still gas in there but they have it under control.

Authorities are pumping water and dish soap into the lines and have booms soaking up the gas.

Stammer says they will continue to monitor the sewer for a couple of hours.  The root of the sewer line will take the liquid to MSSU, Northpark Mall, Ozark Christian College then to Turkey Creek treatment plant.

Posted December 16, 2010 at 1:02 PM CST:  Officials say Duenweg Elementary School students have been evacuated to East Middle School and parents are encouraged to pick up their students as soon as possible.

The City of Duenweg and the City of Joplin are trying to contain a liquid gas spill.

Authorities are doing air testing but tell us it is a hazardous situation and it is changing.

They say a crew hit a sewer line and gas leaked into it.

Jasper County Emergency Manager Keith Stammer is now out at the scene.

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