By Andrew Rice
In local news, the red cross announced it will be hosting its first disaster relief classes in the High Country since the pandemic. According to the Watauga Democrat, the Blue Ridge Piedmont Chapter of the American Red Cross will be organizing the free classes that will take place in the Deep Gap Fire Department on April 19 at 7 p.m. The curriculum for the class is designed for adults as well as middle/highschool audiences. The majority of the curriculum is set to focus on educating participants in how to keep their families safe from home fires and weather disasters. Participants can RSVP by texting DG419 to (919) 523-0424.
In state news, a gas leak was discovered in downtown Raleigh on Thursday morning. According to ABC11, McDowell Street to Hargett Street to Hillsborough Street were closed to fix the leak. Dominion Energy said the leak was found and shut off but the roads will remain closed until repairs to the leak are made. The investigation started after a gas odor was reported at the intersection of Hargett Street and Salisbury Street.
In national news, a train carrying ethanol derailed and caught fire in Western Minnesota Thursday morning. According to NPR, an evacuation for residents in the nearby city of Raymond, Minnesota was issued early in the morning. In total, 22 train cars carrying ethanol and corn syrup derailed, leaving four on fire in the initial incident. Of the 22, ten cars were carrying ethanol. Authorities initially called for a half-mile evacuation area and nearby town of Raymond for fears of a possible explosion. Cleanup is expected to take several days and will begin when the National Transportation Safety Board gives the railroad company permission.
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