FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2019
SUBJECT: Haz-Mat Release, Near 9th / Illinois
CONTACT: Keith Stammer, Public Information Officer
On Friday, 23 August 2019, at 11:03 AM the Joplin Fire Department responded to a report of an oily sheen on water flowing along Joplin Creek in the vicinity of 5th / Murphy. The first fire crew arrived on scene to find that there was an oily sheen of some unknown substance, floating on top of the water. Crews deployed oil absorbent booms at five locations upstream and downstream on Joplin Creek in order to stop and absorb the substance. Fire crews remained on scene until 2:21 PM.
Water samples were taken. The Department of Natural Resources was contacted. It will be the DNR’s responsibility to determine both the substance and the source of release.
The Joplin Fire Department responded with 4 units and 9 personnel and was assisted by the Joplin Police Department and Public Works.
The cause remains under investigation.
For more information, contact the Joplin Fire Department at 623-0403 or 624-0820.