Media Release #32

April 7, 2019


UPDATE 32: 2nd 80’s Fire Response Unified Command continues cleanup,
takes precautions with today’s thunderstorms

HOUSTON – The 2nd 80’s Fire Response Unified Command is taking precautions to maintain the safety of responders at the Intercontinental Terminals Company, LLC (ITC) incident site and impacted waterways due to today’s inclement weather.

All boat cleanup operations on the water ended at 10 a.m. due to changing weather conditions, and tank farms operations ceased once rain began. Un-manned skimmers will remain on the water as long as safely possible. Unified Command will assess the impacts of the wind and rain early Monday morning to document any product movement and make a plan for the coming week as its operations continue.

During inclement weather all decontamination stations in the Houston Ship Channel (HSC), which inspect and clean vessels in the affected areas to reduce contamination of clean areas, will be closed. San Jacinto River will remain open around the clock with coordinated movement managed by the Vessel Traffic Service.

The upper HSC northwest of U.S. Highway 146, which includes Carpenters Bayou, Old River and Jacintoport, will be closed to outbound traffic. Inbound traffic will be limited to vessels heading to their final destinations.

Previously with high wind and weather events, foam left the immediate ITC area. If residents should come into contact with firefighting foam as a result of the weather activity today, they should contact Harris County Pollution Control Service Department at (713) 920-2831.

For more information on the cleanup effort as it becomes available, visit or follow us on twitter at @CaresITC.

For more information contact:

Joint Information Center: 832-780-6739

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