Residents Remain Displaced by Wellington Gas Leak

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WELLINGTON, Ohio-Dozens of people in Wellington are still not allowed to return home after a massive gasoline leak from an underground pipe.

"I was basically coming home from my husband dying at the Cleveland Clinic, and I couldn't get in, so I had to call my son," evacuee Patricia Hamlin said.

About 70 people were evacuated from 30 Wellington homes Thursday night after a pipe carrying gasoline sprung a leak, spilling 116,760 gallons of gasoline, according to Sunoco Logistics

"The spill right now is contained, we are in clean up mode. We have dozens of pieces of heavy equipment as well as dozens of people from Sunoco Logistics and contractors as well as local authorities out there working to clean it up," Sunoco Logistics spokesperson Joe McGinn said.

Some residents, like Hamlin, evacuated with just the clothes they were wearing.

Monday, some were being escorted into their homes to get important items or things they will need to be displaced for several more days, at least.

"I had to come back today because I had to get some medicine and some clothes, because I didn't know it was going to be this long," Hamlin said.

The gasoline pipeline, owned by Sunoco Logistics, runs from Toledo to Allegheny and because of the spill has been shut down, Sunoco Logistics said in a news release.

"In terms of the time for a clean-up? We don't have a specific end date, you know, we're here until it's cleaned-up," McGinn said.

"It does smell. You can definitely smell it," Hamlin said.

A community meeting about the spill will be held Monday at the Wellington High School gymnasium at 6:30 p.m.

Sonoco Logistics, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies will have people on hand to answer questions from the public.

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