BEAUMONT, Texas — An employee of a Hardin County petrochemical plant told 12News that anyone near South Hampton Resources should shelter-in-place until further notice.

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office said there was damage to one of the storage tanks at South Hampton as a result of Tuesday’s storm. Sheriff Mark Davis said employees are moving product from the damaged storage tank to another.

As a result, South Hampton asked that the roads in front of the plant, W. FM 418 and FM 1122, be blocked off while moving product. Sheriff Davis said he expects the road to be reopened soon.

As a precaution, South Hampton wants to make sure if there are any fumes from the damaged tank that no one would be affected by it.

Official statement from Dick Townsend, Chief Manufacturing Officer of the parent company of South Hampton..

“We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the odor and are working diligently to resolve the situation. We are closely monitoring air quality, and the testing indicates that the air remains safe and there is no risk to the community.”

Sheriff Davis said the odor is normal when they transfer a product.

South Hampton's website describes it as 'an independent, petrochemical manufacturer in southeast Texas.' 

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This is a developing story. We will update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information.

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