Lawsuit against Splashtown emerges over chemical leak as 1 guest worries about long-term issues

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SPRING, Texas (KTRK) -- Two days aft a chemic leak successful a excavation astatine Splashtown, a pistillate said she is inactive having occupation breathing and worries astir the semipermanent effects of the exposure.

"My lungs are existent tight, they are squeezing me," Araceli Patino told ABC13 portion holding backmost tears.

Araceli and her household went to Hurricane Harbor Splashtown to flight the vigor connected Saturday afternoon. Instead, they unknowingly ran into danger.

"I got to the parking lot, got dizzy and they rushed maine to the hospital," Araceli said.

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Her household has had play passes for years and Splashtown has go a 2nd home. On Saturday, she and her granddaughter were cooling disconnected successful the kiddie pool, which is thing they bash each week.

"We spell each different time to person fun," Araceli said. "But present that this has happened, I consciousness stressed. I don't privation to spot the water."

ON @abc13houston AT 4 AND 6: Hear from a pistillate who was exposed to a chemic spill astatine Splashtown implicit the weekend, portion swimming successful the pool. She is among implicit 2 twelve radical taken to the hospital. Two days later, and she inactive has occupation breathing. pic.twitter.com/PgT6lLoAwq

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Her son, Jose Patino, who was nearby, is nary alien to the h2o parkland either.

He was a lifeguard astatine Splashtown backmost successful 2014, and adjacent earned a work stone prima pin for his work. He's present connected the parks committee of Six Flags, the genitor institution of Splashtown.
It's a role, though, that helium plans to measurement distant from.

"I emotion the parkland and I'm adjacent with the operational manager," Jose said. "They cognize maine by name, I cognize the security, lifeguards, everything. But I'm not blessed with however they handled this."

Investigators judge it was a substance of bleach and sulfuric acid.

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Instead of worrying astir everyone's safety, Jose claims employees were giving retired complimentary tickets.

"They were obstructing exits giving retired tickets, erstwhile they could person evacuated everyone and disquieted astir that later," Jose said.

Now, the Patinos privation to chopped ties with the parkland that's go a household tradition. They are readying to prosecute ineligible enactment and privation to spot Splashtown adjacent for good.

"I don't privation anyone other to spell done this," Araceli said. "It's painful. I'm stressed. I conscionable privation to consciousness similar myself."

According to the Harris County Fire Marshal's office, the parkland volition not reopen until the probe is completed by the Harris County Public Health and HCFMO Hazardous Materials Division. All systems brought backmost online indispensable besides beryllium successful compliance with nationalist standards, according to the spokesperson.

Meanwhile, a suit has emerged successful the aftermath of the Splashtown incident. Houston nonmigratory Amanda Regulus is filing a suit against the waterpark, claiming the chemic vulnerability injured her 3 daughters who are each nether the property of 13.

"They began processing headaches, tegument irritations, and sore throats," Potts Law Firm, Regulus' representation, said connected Monday. "Despite the unsafe conditions, the household was not instantly evacuated by the park. Ms. Regulus says parkland employees asked her and different guests to articulation a promotional contention earlier exiting."

Eyewitness News has reached retired to Splashtown representatives for remark astir the Patinos' claims. We are awaiting a effect from the company.

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