Cleanup crews are working to remove soil impacted after a Tuesday train derailment in Willard damaged a railcar that leaked flammable liquid and forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes.
CSX Corp. spokesman Gary Sease said 20 to 25 homes remained unoccupied Friday evening and the soil removal will continue at least into Saturday.
The number of homes, released on Friday, is almost 5 times what officials had estimated on Thursday would have to remain empty until the evening of the 29th.
Now, fire officials are expected to determine on Saturday when the 20 to 25 families, still staying at local hotels, can return home.
Sease also said environmental teams have been monitoring the air and determined it was safe for those who have already been allowed to return to their homes.
The railcar damaged in the derailment earlier this week leaked about half of its 26,000 gallons of styrene monomer, a chemical used to make plastic and rubber products.