Huntington Residents Warned To Stay Away From Salamonie River Due To Spill

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Huntington Residents Warned To Stay Away From Salamonie River Due To Spill

August 1, 2014 Updated Aug 1, 2014 at 3:28 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (21Alive) -- The following release was sent out by Huntington County Emergency Management:

Situation: On August 1, 2014 there was a diesel spill of no more than 105 gallons that were inadvertently released into Salamonie River due to a motor vehicle accident. Officials and responders have successfully taken protective measures to contain the spill from moving downstream.

At this point the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency is advising the public to stay away from the river between the bridge at 900 South and the address of 8297 Bellville Road in Huntington County. This location is being monitored by officials for any problems that may arise with the fish, wildlife, and vegetation in this area due to a sheen on the water from the spilled diesel fuel. Monitoring will likely continue throughout this weekend with a slight possibility of continuing into the beginning of next week. At this point monitoring the river and vegetation surrounding it is a proactive precautionary measure that is being conducted in order to act quickly if conditions should change.

Additional updates that impact the public regarding this situation will be made as soon as possible when the situation arises.

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