P&L opens center for those impacted by train derailment, fire


by WHAS11 editors


Posted on November 1, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 1 at 4:40 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Some residents near the derailment site have not been allowed back in their homes and the company that owns the train is now compensating those affected.

Officials said 155 homes have been evacuated and now an outreach center has opened at the VFW Post # 1181, 6518 Blevins Gap Rd. off Dixie Highway.

People who left behind vital things such as medicine and pets can be escorted on a case by case basis back to their homes to retrieve them. Residents can go to PRP fire station at 13210 Dixie Highway and ask for the commander.

The P&L Railway Outreach Center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The center is set up to make reimbursements as a result of the derailment and fire for the following:

•    Expenses incurred for food and lodging by residents evacuated from their homes
•    Lost wages of displaced workers 
•    Lost sales for businesses located within the evacuated area
•    Additional commuting expenses incurred as a result of the road closure

Claimants are asked to bring in photo ID, proof of residence (such as a utility bill), receipts, and as necessary, a letter from their employer on company letterhead confirming employment.

Evacuated residents also are eligible for an “inconvenience payment” of $100 per adult and $50 per child per day, in addition to documented expenses.

For more information, call 731-225-6808.

WHAS11’s Karma Dickerson was at the center Thursday afternoon and has more information for residents, just click the video player above.