Mayflower marks 5th anniversary of oil spill

Mayflower marks 5th anniversary of oil spill
March 29, 2018 was the 5th anniversary of the Mayflower oil spill in which 200,000 gallons of oil poured through the streets of Mayflower.

(KAIT/KARK) - A ruptured pipeline changed the lives of residents in a central Arkansas town five years ago, as residents continue working for the future.

Nearly 210,000 gallons of Canadian crude oil ruptured from a pipeline in Mayflower, Ark. on March 29, 2013. The oil seeped into streets and storm drains as well as poured through properties in the Faulkner County town.

The town also dealt with a devastating tornado a year after the pipeline ruptured and residents felt dismayed. Exxon-Mobil bought 37 homes in the Northwoods subdivision while three other homes were torn down.

Today, there are 57 homes in the subdivision and a local realtor told KARK that only a handful of the homes are still empty with most owned by Exxon-Mobil.

"Everyone has just picked up and moved forward," realtor Jerrie Kimbrow said. "It's just a thing of the past."

The oil company agreed to pay an undisclosed amount of money in 2017 to Mayflower homeowners who were impacted by the oil spill.

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