Incident at CF Industries cleared after road closures, evacuation

The incident involving an ammonia leak at CF Industries in Donaldsonville has been cleared, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say the leak occurred early Thursday. It forced several road closures and a school to evacuate. There were no reported injuries.

All roads reopened at around 11:45 a.m., according to an APSO Facebook post.

According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s office, the leak happened at around 6:30 a.m. and the buses transporting students to Donaldsonville Primary were rerouted to Lowery Primary/Middle School.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre said sending the students to Lowery was out of caution. Webre said the leak was contained shortly before 9 a.m.

The following intersections in Donaldsonville were closed due to the incident:

  • Hwy 18 and Jones Rd.
  • Hwy 18 and Gautreau Rd
  • Thibaut and Hwy 3089
  • Hwy 70 and Hwy 3127
  • Lemanville Cut Off Road near Hwy 18
  • Hwy 70 at the Railroad

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He said the students would remain at Lowery until the threat is gone. He said once everything cleared, CF industries would continue its operations.

“I feel very confident that our community is safe in Donaldsonville,” Webre said in a video updating the public on the situation. “The good news is we have a baby blue sky and we’ve got a decent breeze blowing and that will dissipate everything. I am confident that our community is safe but it’s always appropriate and necessary to take those precautions and use the protocols that we’ve had in place for many years to address these types of concerns.”

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