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    Evacuation recommendation lifted for portion of Flat Rock

    One group of voluntarily evacuating Flat Rock residents has been given the OK from state and Wayne County health officials to return home  — while another portion of the city affected by harmful fumes in the sanitary sewer system from a fuel spill at the nearby Ford assembly plant still awaits word on when residents can safely return.

    Mayor Mark Hammond, in a letter to residents posted on the city’s Facebook page Tuesday, said the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Wayne County Department of Public Health on Monday evening released information on the analysis of homes and sewers in “Zone 2,” an area of the city bounded by Gibraltar Road to the north, Huron River Drive to the south and west, and Tamarack Drive to the south and east.

    “Based on those findings, any remaining gasoline vapors within the sewers of Zone 2 from the release of gasoline reported on September 1 are not expected to harm people’s health, because the contamination levels in the sanitary sewer system are below levels that could lead to an indoor hazard,” Hammond stated.

    But the wait continues for residents of “Zone 1,” a more than 3-square-mile of the city between Gibraltar, Cahill and Woodruff roads and I-75, where benzene and other chemicals were detected in the sewer and in homes at high, flammable levels around Labor Day weekend.

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