Houston woman relieved that husband escaped Louisiana chemical plant explosion

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by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on June 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 14 at 10:39 AM

FRIENDSWOOD—A Houston-area woman took a phone call she never wanted to receive, informing her that there was a massive explosion at a Louisiana chemical plant where her husband was working.

“I got the call from my son Billy,” said Debra Oubrey.  “So I immediately pulled off the side of the road and started calling.”

She tried calling the plant’s emergency numbers first.

Then she tried to reach her husband of 37 years on his cell phone.

Michael Oubrey didn’t answer.

“I was worried,” she said.

After waiting for two hours, Oubrey was finally able to call home.

“He called and said the explosion happened, and as soon as he heard it, he ran out as fast as he could.  He dropped his cell phone and just kept running,” she said.

Oubrey was working as a piping designer at the plant, but now he’s holed-up at a nearby convention center—a temporary home for the workers who got out unscathed.

Dozens of others were hurt and at least one worker died.

“It makes you appreciate your family and what you have,” said Oubrey.  “Just pray for the victims.”

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