Flaring at Valero Refinery triggers evacuations in Benicia!

Update as of 3:15pm Friday: LAKE HERMAN AND BAYSHORE OFF-RAMPS FROM NORTH 680 CLOSED, INDUSTRIAL AND LAKE MERNA OFF-RAMP FROM SOUTH 680 CLOSED. 

Benicia police are advising anyone downwind of the Valero Refinery to evacuate the area due to a power outage that has caused flaring and smoke. 

All other areas of the town are being advised to shelter-in-place due to the flaring.

Northbound I-680 is being diverted to westbound I-780, and southbound I-680 is being diverted at Lake Herman in Benicia.

At about 7:27 a.m., Benicia police announced via their Twitter account that the refinery was experiencing a power outage that resulted in flaring and smoke.

Roughly 20 minutes later, police advised anyone in businesses or homes downwind of the facility to evacuate the area.First responders are at the scene.

Story: ABC-7 TV

 
 
 

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