RV residents still suffering
March 21, 2013, 9:00 pm by Adam Troxtell
While the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and its contractors deal with the aftermath of the US 281 bridge implosion and figure out how to handle a planned second blast for the concrete piers still standing in Lake Marble Falls, residents of a nearby RV park are still languishing in concrete dust that was, by now, supposed to have subsided.
"Several [residents] have had to go to the doctors office and get prescriptions for respiratory problems,” River View RV park Manager Mike Warren said. "I feel like it would be a good gesture on Omega’s part to offer some assistance to these people.”
Complaints about the concrete dust began when Omega Demolition Corporation construction workers began removing the concrete deck of the bridge at the end of February. Bobby Butterfield, who lives in a camper trailer closest to the construction area, went to Marble Falls Urgent Care for the second time Thursday with upper respiratory problems related to concrete dust.
"We’re still having problems and nose bleeds,” Wesley Tombs, another RV park resident who helped take Butterfield to Urgent Care, said. "I can’t let my dog out in it without her coming back wheezing and panting. They’re not understanding this stuff is harmful. I don’t know what to do about them. What are we supposed to do; sit around with a mask on?”For the full story, see Friday's Highlander.
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