Port Allen evacuees return home today

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 4:34pm

The 200 people forced out of their homes Monday morning were let back inside almost 48 hours later.

Robin Cummings was one of those people. She says, she's glad her unexpected time away from home is over.

“It's a warm welcome to be back here, at your own place to do what you want,” stated Cummings. “You're going to rest better at night.”

She, along with the hundreds of others, spent the last two days either in area hotels or with family members away from the Air Liquide plant. She says she learned from the whole thing.

“You learn your community once you get together,” said Cummings. “From that standpoint, it was good.”

Others have questions and concerns. Theresa Watkins says she'd rather be anywhere but back home after she says the odor of gas was so strong, it made her sick.

“My stomach started getting upset”, said Watkins. “I started throwing up, my eyes are burning… and my throat. We thought we were coming home to be safe, but it looks like we are not safe.”

Watkins lives very close to the Air Liquide plant. She says coming home to that gas odor is beyond frustrating.

“I was ready to come home - ready to take a shower and go to bed.”

While people like Watkins say this shouldn't have happened to begin with, those responsible need to step up.

“I just want them to get their act together so we can stay in here, because we have to sleep tonight.”

Air Liquide says anyone that has debris in their yard or concerns about the condition of their home should give them a call.  

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