The Dexter Area Fire department had to activate the county’s hazmat team for an oil leak on March 14, according to Lt. Michael Grissom with the DAFD.
Lt. Grissom said around 6 p.m. the department was called to an oil leak at the 9000 block of Mcgregor Rd. The leak was more severe then we thought, he said.
An underground fuel tank for a furnace had a whole in it, he said. The water from the melting snow forced the fuel out, said Lt. Grissom. The hazmat team sucked up over 700 gallons of fuel and water, he said.
Lt. Grissom said the front yard was flooded with oil, which started running into the Huron River behind the home. He said the hazmat team used sandbags as a dam to prevent more oil from running into the water. Lt. Grissom said the hazmat team put booms in the water to collect the oil. And put specialized pads in the front yard to extract the oil, he said.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and several federal agencies had to assist because of the severity of the spill, he said. Also, a contractor will need to be brought in to remove some of the soil, said Lt. Grissom.
Lt. Grissom said the home is used as a summer lodge. The homeowners have been contacted and we are still trying to figure out how they are going to pay for this.
“This is not going to be cheap for anyone,” said Lt. Grissom