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02.17.07

Dumas Residents React

   People in Dumas continue to cope with the aftermath of the disaster. Newschannel10's Tina Berasley spent the afternoon there and she brings us more from the newsroom. 
  It seems like everyone in Dumas is talking about the Valero disaster one day later, and its long-term effects on the people who live in its shadow. Many people we spoke with in Dumas either work at Valero or knows someone that does, and more than 24 hours later they're still thinking about what could've been. 
    Rodolfo Trevino Jr. operates an income tax service on South Dumas Avenue, and had several concerned customers. He said "With the emergency units and everything and the buses shuffling people in and out people were frantic. I mean they were worried...I'm grateful that people didn't get hurt or killed in situations like this".
    Charles Skipworth has lived here most of his life and thinks the explosion could actually have a positive effect on Dumas. He added "Usually when you have some kind of disaster like that or something of that nature everybody kind of bands together a little bit and asks 'How can I help?' and so on and so forth , so I think probably the community will do well with it and probably be a little bit stronger."

      Gloria Peña has already seen that in action.
      Her husband was working just feet from the area where the disaster happened and she's taken many concerned calls from across the community. She said "We sometimes take things for granted 'It's a job, and they're out there' and we come and go, and these people have got to realize...we need to take it seriously and we need to take care of what we got and work as a team and take care of each other".

     many people we spoke with were also concerned about the financial future of the plant's employees...we are told Valero will still be paying workers even though the plant is closed for repairs. 
    

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