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Good news for Mayflower, Arkansas, residents

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MAYFLOWER, Ar., (KNOE 8 News) - Officials say some residents whose houses were evacuated when an oil pipeline ruptured in central Arkansas can go home this week.

Federal on-scene coordinator Nick Brescia says the residents of four homes in Mayflower could be allowed back on Thursday, and the residents of another eight or nine homes could return in the coming days.

Crews are still on scene with heavy equipment, cleaning up what's left after ExxonMobil Pipeline Co.'s Pegasus pipeline ruptured March 29 and spilled thousands of barrels of oil. More than 20 homes were evacuated in Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Officials with Central Arkansas Water are also slated to meet Thursday to discuss asking ExxonMobil to move the Pegasus pipeline away from an area that drains into a source of drinking water.

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