DeWine activates National Guard to assist in East Palestine disaster
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has activated in the Ohio National Guard to East Palestine to assist local authorities, along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and the Ohio EPA.
An Ohio State Highway Patrol helicopter landed at the high school football field late Sunday.
In a news release from the governor, it stated that more than 500 people are still within the evacuation area in East Palestine, previously declining to leave their homes.
With the new threat of a railroad car exploding, the who need help to leave are advised to call 330-426-4341.
The village's Facebook page stated that due to developments within the derailment zone, emergency measures must be taken... the evacuation zone is one mile from 1020 E. Taggart Street in the village.
The Columbiana County Sheriff Brian McLaughlin, those with children who decline to leave are subject to arrest.
The sheriff's department Facebook post states: