People terrified to come home two weeks after explosion in Lincoln County

Posted at 4:17 PM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 18:20:57-04

LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — It's been nearly two weeks since a pipeline explosion in Lincoln County that killed one person and damaged several homes.

While Enbridge is replacing the ruptured line and assessing damage on two parallel pipelines, people who live there tell LEX 18 that they are terrified to come home.

Enbridge has been ordered by the federal government to do "corrective action" regarding the pipeline.

The order includes a step-by-step process Enbridge has to take to ensure two parallel pipelines are working properly.

One man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the workers in the area have reassured him things are safe.

But, while the concern about the condition of the two pipelines sets in,some people who live here are terrified to come back home.

"Time goes by kind of weird. People don't want to get out of bed. They don't want to come home. We're here because we have to be here," said the anonymous source.

The explosion caused a 30-foot-long section of pipe to land over 400 feet away.

And a 50-foot-long, 35-foot-wide and 13-foot-deep crater is left at the site.

The fire could be seen from several miles away and destroyed homes, wildlife and a section of the railroad tracks nearby.

"That field over there? It was a field. They're not going to be able to grow stuff in that field for a long time. I don't care how much escavation and stuff they do over there," the anonymous source told LEX 18.

Enbridge has no timeline on how long the assessment will take.