Update: The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office says the evacuation has been lifted and residents are allowed to return home as hazmats workers on the scene have contained the chlorine leak. Parish Road 131 is now open to traffic.



One person who works for the St. Mary Parish Water District plant was taken to the hospital after a small chlorine leak at the plant today.

The Franklin Police Department is evacuating houses on Parish Road 131 from Wayne Road to Franchine Road.

The leak was reported just before 10 o'clock this morning at the plant located at 244 Lake Road in Verdunville.

State Police Hazmat is on the scene.

Anyone who needs help after evacuating can get help at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 189 Elm Street in Centerville.