Youngstown chlorine leak affects businesses

Gas leak in Youngstown, Ohio is affecting surrounding area

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Monday morning’s chlorine leak at the Youngstown wastewater treatment plant had a big impact on businesses near the Poland Avenue site.

“We found out about it from cop cars rushing down the street,” Aaron Maxwell of Precision Grinding said. “We were looking out the doors saying ‘what the heck was going on?’.”

Workers at Precision Grinding were on high alert after the leak. With the possibility of an evacuation Monday morning and afternoon, workers used their noses to keep themselves safe.

“If you can smell something in the air or a hint of something. I have not smelled anything, personally,” Maxwell said.

Next door to Precision Grinding, managers at Ziegler Tires said they were concerned about their employees.

But they also said the road closures had a major impact on their business on Monday. On a normal day, the tire company does upwards of $25,000 a day. Manager Stan Goleb Jr. said Monday’s business had come to a standstill.

“We have had no traffic at all,” Goleb said.

The only traffic the business saw included cars and a semi who used their parking lot and a driveway across the street to turn around.

“I already have sent two elderly employees home just for the fear of any risks of getting ill,” Goleb said.

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