State Officials Investigate Hydraulic Fluid Spill in McDowell River | Local News
From staff reports
The cleanup of a hydraulic fluid spill in the Catawba River that occurred Thursday evening continued through Friday as the scene was handed over to a private contractor. In addition, officials from the NC Water Resources Division are investigating the incident.
A hydraulic fluid spill occurred during a fire at Columbia Forest Products on Thursday. The fluid flowed into the Catawba River in the area from Resistoflex Road west to Columbia Carolina Road.
Several agencies responded to the incident, including Pleasant Gardens Fire Department, McDowell County Emergency Management, McDowell Rescue, McDowell EMS, McDowell Fire & Rescue Association, NC Emergency Management, Asheville Fire Department Regional Response Team 6 and the NC Division of Water Resources (NCDWR), according to a statement.
Teams from several departments successfully contained the spill into the Catawba River between Old Greenlee Road and Resistoflex Road. Emergency personnel turned the scene over to a private clean-up contractor Thursday night around 10 p.m. after the spill was contained.
Local residents could expect to see cleanup crews working in the affected area on Friday. The North Carolina Water Resources Division has been monitoring the river and cleanup operations, according to a press release.
As of Friday morning, NCDWR officials continued to investigate the incident.