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Crews Work to Stop Diesel Fuel in Des Moines River
Posted: 10/18/2012
DES MOINES – Clean up is proceeding for a spill of red diesel fuel released from the Iowa Events Center complex in Des Moines.

An estimated 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel flowed down a roof drain from a standby generator located on the roof of Hy-Vee Hall. The fuel was discovered in the river about 6:30 a.m. Thursday after it flowed into a storm drain that led to the river.

The events center has contracted with environmental cleanup crews to place absorbent booms across the river east of the Southeast 14th Street bridge. Specialists from the DNR and Des Moines HazMat confirmed that at noon today, the fuel had reached the Southeast 14th Street bridge.

The DNR and Des Moines Hazmat crews will continue to check downstream and monitor the cleanup. Additional booms will be placed across the river where it flows under U.S. Highway 65 east of Des Moines, in case some of the fuel reaches that far downstream.

“There is no danger to the city of Des Moines’ water supply,” said Ted Petersen, supervisor of the DNR’s Des Moines field office. “The spill is below the city’s intake on the Des Moines River and most of the city’s water comes from the Raccoon River.”