The state will provide health assessments for any Mayflower resident concerned about health problems possibly tied to a major oil spill in the community earlier this year, officials said Thursday.
Gov. Mike Beebe said in a statement that the assessments will be available weekdays by appointment at the Faulkner County Health Unit in Conway beginning Tuesday.
The checkups will include meeting with a nurse to discuss concerns and symptoms that have developed since the spill. Residents may be "scheduled for further evaluations via telemedicine resources with specialists" from the Department of Health and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, which are working together on the program.
Appointments can be made by calling (501) 450-4941.
Thousands of gallons of crude oil spilled in Mayflower when an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured beneath the Northwoods subdivision. The oil spread through the streets and into drainage ditches, eventually reaching a cove of Lake Conway about a mile away.