Crews worked for nearly two days to clean up a creek near Four Mile Run Road in Austintown and Youngstown after a chemical spill threatened contamination.
The spill was reported to the Austintown Fire Department around 1 p.m. Monday, and Chief Andy Frost III said it likely happened several hours prior.
Frost said the spill originated at the T&W Stamping plant on Four Mile Run Road in the township. “They had a chemical process running, and it overfilled and dumped product into the storm and sanitary sewers,” he said.
He said the chemical flowed from the sewers into a nearby creek that eventually flows into the Mill Creek MetroParks.
“It wasn’t a huge amount, but enough to turn the stream gray,” Frost said. “It made it into Youngstown, but we built a dam to stop the flow into the MetroParks.”
Frost said the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, alongside EnviroServe of Cleveland, spearheaded the cleanup, which began Monday afternoon and lasted well into early Tuesday evening.
“They used vacuum tankers to suck the contaminated water and ground material out, then they’re storing it in fracking tanks for disposal,” he said.
Frost said the spill was a low-level hazard, and residents should not worry at this point about water contamination.