Crews in Fond du Lac were called out to the Fond du Lac River Thursday after yellow paint leaked into the water from the Fond du Lac County Highway Garage.
Fond du Lac Fire Rescue says a report came in regarding a “yellow cloud” by the bridge over the Fond du Lac River by Western Avenue.
Crews were able to track the discharge back to the city storm sewer system, and then met with DPW crews to try and determine the possible source of the leak.
HAZMAT crews began to test the product to determine whether or not it posed immediate hazards to the public. In addition, crews began the process of slowing down the flow into the river.
The discharge was tracked back to the Fond du Lac County Highway Garage on Dixie Street. When public works and fire officials arrived at the garage, there was no longer an active discharge.
It was determined that paint used for street marking was accidentally rinsed into the storm sewer during a cleaning operation and an estimated 30 gallons of paint mixed with water was directed down the storm sewer.
The Department of Natural Resources was contact and is working with City and County personnel to coordinate the cleanup.
Western Avenue was closed for several hours and traffic was rerouted.
Fond du Lac Fire Rescue says there were no injuries reported for this incident and say at no time was there any threat to anyone in the area of the spill.
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