DIESEL SPILL: Fuel Flows Into Des Moines River
Emergency crews have stopped a diesel fuel leak into the Des Moines River.
Polk County Emergency Management Director A.J. Munn says a fisherman called 911 around 6:30 Thursday morning after noticing the fuel in the river.
The hazmat crew from the Des Moines Fire Department responded and was able to determine the origin of the leak and stop it. Officials say an emergency generator on the roof of Hy-Vee hall leaked about 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel, which flowed down from the roof into storm sewers and then into the river.
Polk County Emergency Management is contracting with a company that will assess the spill and work to clean it up.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources was on the scene of the spill.