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Health officials interviewing residents near Lincoln Co. pipeline explosion

Lincoln Co. Health Dept. News Release

FRANKFORT — Local and state health officials, along with a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) team, are in Lincoln County to assess possible public health impacts of the natural gas pipeline explosion on Aug. 1.

These officials will be conducting interviews with first responders who were involved in the response, as well as, residents living in the areas closest to the blast site.

The purpose of the interviews is to collect information to better understand the potential health impacts resulting from the natural gas pipeline explosion and resulting fires in the vicinity of the blast. The CDC team arrived on Thursday, Sept. 5, and meetings began Friday, Sept. 6, with response agencies and other partners.

The interviews with first responders will continue over several days. Interviewing of residents got underway Monday, Sept. 9, and may continue into early evening hours and on the weekend.

Interview teams will come to residents’ homes. Team members will be wearing vests identifying themselves as part of the “Public Health Response Team.” Three separate attempts for the interview will be made at each home with a call back number left if residents are not home.

This operation will continue through Sept. 20, 2019 during the day and evening hours and may be extended an additional week if needed.