Evacuation lifted, West Point residents return home

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 5, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 5 at 10:41 AM

WEST POINT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Life is getting back to normal for residents forced out of their homes for several days after a train derailed near West Point, Ky.
 
"They got smiles on their faces saying they get to sleep in their own beds. I think everybody is really happy. This has been a long six or seven days," West Point Mayor Bill Ash said.

Residents, Melissa Nash and Jerry Taylor, both said they were jumping and screaming when they heard they could finally return home.
 
"I was cooking for them and she said we an go home and that was it. I said 'alright let's eat and go.' I was ready to go home," Taylor said.
 
The shelter in place and evacuation order for parts of Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin, and Harrison counties was lifted Sunday evening after the second, and final, hydrogen fluoride car was stabilized.
 
Evacuee Travis Board said after living in a hotel with the bare necessities he is ready to go home.

"[I'm] very relieved. It's going to be nice to have a good nice rest and all that stuff and be my dog again," Board said.

He said while relieved to return home, he does have some concerns about returning.

"I'm still actually a little apprehensive about going back. Honestly, I don't really know what's involved with all the chemicals," Board said.
 
Officials said there is no danger for residents. 

Dixie Highway remains shut down despite the evacuation lift. Police said they will monitor those allowed through to make sure only residents are being allowed to enter West Point.

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