Flood waters from the ongoing deluge in Midland County have mixed with containment ponds at the vast Dow chemical plant in Midland, the company announced Wednesday.
That situation is raising concerns among residents and environmentalists about potential widespread toxic contamination of the already hard-hit area as it copes with the evacuation of thousands of residents at the same time as the coronavirus pandemic.
“At approximately 10:00 a.m. Eastern it was confirmed there were flood waters commingling with on-site containment ponds,” the company said in a statement released to the media and on its Facebook page.
“We immediately partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard to activate emergency plans. Only essential staff are onsite to monitor and manage the situation with no reported employee injuries. We will continue to engage with our site tenants and Midland County officials and take immediate action to ensure the safety and security of our employees, community and the environment.”
Dow activated its local emergency operations center and is implementing its flood preparedness plan, the details of which the company did not disclose.
“All operating units on site have been safely shutdown, except for facilities needed for safely managing chemical containment, and all railcars are secured,” the company’s statement said.
Dow officials also did not discuss the types of chemicals that may have mixed and spilled with the flood waters.