More than 6 million pounds, that's the new estimate law enforcement gave on the amount of explosives improperly stored by Explo at Camp Minden. That's bad news for those in Doyline displaced by the explosives cleanup. Law enforcement say the process could go into Tuesday and possible bad weather then could extend the cleanup. Dozens of Explo employees and state officials are carefully working to cleanup, repack and transport the stuff to a safer place in Camp Minden. The process is slow for safety and the amount of work staggering, which means more time is needed before Doyline residences get the all clear to return home.
"I just want to tell you things are progressing," Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton said. "They are progressing at a rate that is safe. That's our concern for not only people down here working on the line, but also for the people in the community."
Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton says the cleanup will take one more day but possible lightening on Tuesday could halt the cleanup. He says Doyline High School could face another day of closure.
"But more than likely we will have school closed Tuesday, as well as Monday, at Doyline High School," Sexton said. "I'll make that definite decision with the school board members come tomorrow morning."
The evacuation order is also extended until Tuesday. Shelters haven't seen high numbers of evacuees come to stay, but Louisiana State Police's Colonel Mike Edmondson assures those who need help will have it.
"We'll work with the governor's office, homeland security, emergency preparedness," Edmondson said. "We'll work with our legislatures. We'll do everything we can to help the citizens that have been displaced. that's our goal, but our goal right now is the material that's sitting back there."
Officials will hold their next press conference later this week.