Tests confirm Zone 2 in Flat Rock has been evacuated, residents evacuated due to a gas leak can return home

FLAT ROCK, me. – Michigan and Wayne County officials announced Monday, September 20, that Zone 2 in Flat Rock is now free of any effects from the gas leak at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant.

Residents who have chosen to evacuate can return home.

According to a press release from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the zone includes 635 homes and is bounded by Gibraltar Road to the north by Sheeks Boulevard to the west, East Huron River Drive to the south, and Tamarack Road to the east, as well as buildings along it Woodruff Road between East Huron River Drive and Cahill Road.

Read: Informational resources for those affected by the Ford Flat Rock Assembly leak


“MDHHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used data from 12 homes in Flat Rock that originally had elevated levels of benzene or gasoline smells in their homes to confirm that sewage tests can be used to confirm air levels in the homes are below the level of health. “Read the press release.

Ford Motor Company, which said its assembly plant was the cause of the leak, continues to provide hotel accommodation to families in affected Zones 1 and 2. Although Zone 2 has been cleared, the auto company said it will provide accommodations to residents who have requested a test in their home and are waiting for written results. If residents need accommodation they can call 734-782-2455 and use extension 1105.

Health officials believed Zone 2 required further investigation into potential chemical exposure. However, the risk did not warrant an evacuation recommendation and instead warned residents that they could consider leaving if they were uncomfortable with the ongoing investigation.


“I know the evacuation was a hardship for many Flat Rock residents, but it was important that health professionals took the time to collect and analyze sufficient data so that residents can return to their homes and stay there with peace of mind.” said Wayne County Chief Operating Officer Genelle Allen. “Our team has worked closely with the MDHHS, the EPA, the City of Flat Rock and other agencies to protect the health and safety of residents.”

Ford also set up a website to provide information on how to respond to the leak. It can be found here.

The town of Flat Rock proves it daily updates on his official website here and his official facebook page here.

Daily updates from the EPA the answer can be found on the official website here.


Updates from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy can be found here on his website.

“I am pleased that Zone 2 residents can now be certain that the gas leak will not affect the air quality in their homes,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan Chief Medical Executive and MDHHS Associate Director of Health. “Our team will continue to work hard with our state, local, and federal government partners as we evaluate screening and surveillance data from Zone 1 quickly and thoroughly. As a precaution, we recommend that residents of Zone 1 remain evacuated until we know from the data that they can return home. “

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