A gas pipe in Mississippi bust Saturday night, sending multiple residents to the hospital and causing several hundred to evacuate.
he Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is assisting the Yazoo County Emergency Management Agency after a 24-inch pressurized pipe ruptured, February 22, 2020, around 8:00 p.m. The rupture happened in a heavily wooded area near Highway 433 near Satartia. More than 300 residents were evacuated. At this time, 46 people are being treated at area hospitals.
The pipe contained Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S). Residents in the area complained of green gas and a noxious odor. The pipeline belongs to Denbury Enterprises.
Currently, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is working to determine if the area is safe so residents can return home. Meanwhile, a shelter is open at Yazoo County Junior High School, located at 116 Panther Drive, Yazoo City.
Through an initial investigation, the rupture could be a result of recent weather events. It appears the ground caved into a ravine damaging the 24-inch pipe.
MEMA along with the NWS built the map below to assist local authorities in the evacuation efforts in Yazoo County following a pipe rupture. This is a model of the predicted plume cloud. While it’s not a definitive outline, given weather conditions and gas properties, it’s good guidance in helping those in the impacted areas.