EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – Emergency crews and a HAZMAT team responded to a chemical leak Saturday in East St. Louis.

The leak led to a heavy response after the East St. Louis Fire Department reported smoke coming from a tanker trailer on Missouri Avenue.

Due to the leak, officials with the city of East St. Louis advised anyone located between the 25th and 29th block of State Street and Bond Avenue to stay inside their homes or businesses through Saturday afternoon. Travelers were advised to avoid that area through at least 3 p.m. Saturday.

“If you’ve been impacted by the leak and feel ill, please report to the nearest emergency room,” the city says in a Facebook post.

Additional details on what led up to the chemical leak are unavailable at this time. Crews have been working to clear the area for several hours.

East St. Louis Mayor Robert Eastern III released the following statement on the situation and response:

“My number one concern has been for the safety of our residents, small businesses and corporate citizens.
I want especially thank the first responders who were exceptional in their work in these extreme temperatures. The crews were under the direction of E. St. Louis Fire Chief Jason Blackmon and ESDA Deputy Director Lee Coleman who were stellar in their leadership, response efforts and support of St. Clair County’s Hazmat team. Over the next several days, we will be collectively working to review our response to this emergency. We’ll develop a plan to ensure the seamless process of addressing post event contaminates expeditiously.

Since the onset of this emergency event, the team has been communicating with the residents of East St. Louis via the Code Red Emergency Alert System I insisted we have. Over the last several hours,  we’ve given our community instructions on which areas to avoid & urged them to stay inside of their homes and businesses.

I’d like to use this moment to encourage all ESTL’s residents, business owners and community stakeholders to stay informed of emergencies or urgent messages by signing up for our Code Red Alerts.”

Those alerts can be found on the city’s website, www.cesl.us