HOUSTON — The safety zone surrounding a massive barge wreck near Galveston Bay continued Monday following Friday's barge collision.
Boaters are not allowed to operate within the safety zone.
People near the Seabrook, Clear Lake, Kemah, Baycliff and San Leon shorelines are advised to stay out of the water until they're told it's safe.
On Friday, a tanker collided with a tug boat that was pushing two barges.
Nine thousand barrels of a gasoline blend spilled into the water from one of the barges. The second barge capsized and is still in the water.
On Monday, officials were going door to door telling people to stay out of the water.
"We've absolutely told them do not contact the cargo, stay out of the cargo in the water, and don't fish has been ordered by the Texas Department of Health. And how long do they need to do that? That has yet to be determined." said Jim Guidry, VP of Kirby Inland Marine.
Officials say many of the chemical released evaporated into the air but a lot still remains.
All of the chemicals in the capsized vessel must be extracted before the barge can be removed.
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