Fuel leaks into stream in Old Fort

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Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013 4:09 pm

Less than 100 gallons leaked from a 1,000-gallon tank into a mountain stream in Old Fort Sunday afternoon, according to Emergency Management Director Terry Young.

Young said around 3 p.m. Sunday, emergency crews were called out to Eric and Sylvia’s Old Fort Stop on Catawba Avenue in Old Fort after a rusty tank was discovered leaking kerosene into a stream that feeds into the Catawba River. Young said the store was closed at the time and a neighbor called emergency officials about the leak.

“The leak was being soaked into the ground, and going into the creek,” Young said Monday. He that added some of the fuel did get to the Catawba River, but as of Monday the spill had been contained.

Absorbent booms were placed downstream in the creek and river to absorb the fuel and crews were still working Monday on clean up.

Nine personnel were on the scene and the containment effort took about five hours to complete.

“All the agencies did a really good job working together to contain the leak,” said Old Fort Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Grindstaff.

Old Fort Fire Department, Old Fort Police Department and McDowell County Emergency Management responded to the call.