Town Evacuated

SEWARD, Ill. (AP) -- The mandatory evacuation of the small northern Illinois town of Seward is still in effect today after a toxic chemical leak at an area plant.

The entire town was evacuated after last night's anhydrous ammonia leak at Seward Agricultural Supply.

Chief Deputy Kurt Ditzler of the Winnebago County sheriff's department says residents of Seward probably won't be allowed back to their homes until noon.

Residents of two neighboring communities, Pecatonica and Winnebago, were cleared to return to their homes this morning. Those villages were under a voluntary evacuation.

Seward is about 16 miles west of Rockford.

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