MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) - The mayor of Mayflower says although the city was dealt this, "it too shall pass."
In a statement, Mayor Randy Holland says:
"Yesterday, I was talking to a reporter: I was telling him about our first response to the Oil Spill, the timeline in which things happened and where we are today, A story that I have repeated over and over, (I feel like a hundred times). The reporter then asked a question that has stayed on my mind. He asked me, 'Is there anything we are missing'.
"I have thought about that question for the last 24 hours and woke in the middle of the night to write this.
"Mayflower was dealt this situation, but again this too shall pass. After all the oil is cleaned, and the residents are back in their homes, a normal life will resume. The debate on Oil will continue, but the town, with GOD'S grace, will move forward."
An ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured in the Northwoods subdivision of Mayflower, spilling heavy crude oil through streets and yards March 29.
Crews have worked to collect about 19,000 barrels of oil and water over the last seven days. An Exxon spokesperson said Thursday that about 50 percent of the oil in Northwoods has been collected.
Check out our Mayflower Exxon oil spill section dedicated to this developing story.