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Posted on: November 23, 2016

Prestwick Way cleanup completed; evacuated residents headed home

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Chemical clean-up crews working in a home in Castle Rock’s Plum Creek neighborhood have completed their work today ahead of schedule. Residents evacuated from eight homes along the street will be able to return much earlier than expected.

As part of an ongoing cleanup effort in the home along Prestwick Way, Castle Rock Fire and Rescue has been monitoring and working with a licensed and approved chemical contractor hired by the homeowner to safely remove chemicals found there on Halloween.

Today, crews removed the last of the chemicals. To ensure public safety, Castle Rock Fire and Rescue and Castle Rock Police personally asked residents in eight homes along Prestwick Way to evacuate. Residents were notified Tuesday night they would be asked to leave their homes for the day today, starting at 9:45 a.m. The cleanup was expected to take most of the day. Residents were given free access to the Town’s Miller Activity Complex for the day.

Now, they’re being allowed to return much earlier than expected.

“The safety of our residents and first responders is of utmost importance,” said Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Chief Art Morales. “We know asking residents to leave their homes – especially the day before a holiday – is an inconvenience, and we don’t take that lightly. For this incident, we really felt an evacuation was necessary to ensure the safety of residents near this home and to ensure the house was rendered safe before the holiday.”

Due to the nature of some of the chemicals found in the home, specialty equipment was necessary to continue the cleanup. The explosive materials found in the home are now being transported to a safe, remote location used by the Douglas County Bomb Unit, to ensure the safest possible disposal. Throughout this process, the contractor has been compliant with best practices to ensure the safest possible outcome. As soon as safety documentation is completed, the homeowners will be allowed to return.

Castle Rock Fire and Rescue will continue to update residents affected and media, as needed. Watch the Town’s Facebook page at facebook.com/CRgov for update.

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