Officials are hoping a deadly anhydrous ammonia gas leak near Tekamah can be cleaned up today. Magellan Midstreams Partner spokesperson Bruce Heine says crews worked well into the night to continue their efforts to isolate the ammonia pipeline system. He says they are blocking off both sides of the affected area so they can remove the ammonia that is left in the eight inch pipeline. Once that is removed air quality readings will return to normal.
Evacuations remain in place for about 20 homes and Highway 75 at County Road P in Burt County remains closed to traffic as work continues.
Authorities released the name of the man who died from exposure to the ammonia as 59 year old Phillip Hennig of rural Tekamah. He drove through the vapor cloud Monday night and died after the exposure.
Heine says once they have completed the isolation of the leak and air quality readings return to normal they will be able to excavate the pipeline to determine what caused the leak. Testing will be done to determine what caused it to fail.