GREEN BAY AREA REGIONAL NEWS: Brown County

UPDATE: Ammonia leak contained, ‘take shelter’ order lifted

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THRUSDAY 10/17/19 11:20 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – GBMFD Assistant Fire Chief Rob Goplin says the ammonia leak at American Foods in Green Bay has been contained.

Though it will be another couple of hours for the scene to be fully cleared and for the 1,000+ American Foods employees to return to work, area residents no longer need to remain in shelter.

Goplin says crews contained the leak at 10:48 a.m., or approximately an hour after the leak was reported.

When crews arrived, Goplin says it was very obvious where the leak was coming from due to it being an exterior leak in addition to the large white cloud ammonia creates.

Dangers from an ammonia leak range from significant respiratory issues to chemical burns on the skin from the moisture in the air, though Goplin says he is not aware of any injuries.

All roads with the exception of University Avenue have been reopened.

Local 5 is on the scene and will have more as the story develops.

ORIGINAL STORY: Ammonia leak confirmed, GBMFD applauds American Foods proactive measures

THURSDAY 10/17/19 10:29 a.m.

In an interview with Local 5, Green Bay Metro Fire Department confirm a ‘reasonably sizable leak’ at American Foods at 544 Acme Street.

Crews are attempting to close the valve to the affected tank to isolate the leak. Once the valve is closed and the leak isolated the ammonia will dissipate rather quickly, allowing roads to reopen.

According to officials, employees from American Foods have been evacuated and the residents around this location have been asked to take shelter in place.

GBMFD Assistant Fire Chief Rob Goplin applauded American Foods saying the company actively conducts drills in preparation for exactly these types of events. When fire crews arrived employees were already evacuated from the building.

Goplin says thankfully winds are light so the ammonia is rising and dissipating rather than being dispersed lower to the ground in a higher winds scenario, which would have increased the risk factor.

Residents near American Foods should close their windows and doors and remain inside.

University Avenue is closed between Elizabeth Street to Henry Street.

Police are asking all drivers to avoid this area. Please use Main Street or Mason Street as alternate routes of travel.

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