Update 3 on Barge Collision

Per Unified Command Briefing and press conference, the below information is still accurate. Air and water quality monitoring and sampling will be ongoing. The strength of the odor may fluctuate depending on wind direction and weather conditions. Recovery efforts on the barges are on-going. As we receive more information, we will continue to share, but the best source for the most up-to-date information remains www.bayport-response.com.

Previous Message:
City of Kemah officials continue to monitor the situation regarding yesterday’s barge collision in the Houston Ship Channel. An odor may still persist throughout the community, but there is no evidence to indicate a concern for air quality. If you notice a strong spike or increase in gasoline odor, you can report it to 281-757-3017. Per WCID #12 the water supply remains safe and unaffected.

Air quality monitoring continues throughout the areas affected, including Kemah. Residents are urged to monitor the incident website at www.bayport-response.com for news and air quality updates. A press conference is scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, May 12, at 3 p.m. If nothing in the situation changes between now and then, our next release of information will follow the conclusion of the May 12th press conference.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a Galveston Bay seafood warning to not eat seafood that smells or tastes like gas or oil, regardless of where caught. More information can be found online at www.dshs.texas.gov.

Clear Creek Channel remains closed to marine traffic.

For health related questions you may call the Galveston County Health District at 409-938-7221. Members of the community who feel that they may require medical attention should call 911.

If anyone discovers marine or wildlife that may have been impacted by this event, please report it through TX GLO hotline at 1-800-832-8224.

A 24/7 claims hotline is available at 1-800-241-9010.
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