Crews investigating foul-smelling white substance in Hamilton creek

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Emergency crews Tuesday evening were investigating a foul-smelling white substance flowing from a storm drain into Two Mile Creek.

Crews from several agencies responded after 4 p.m., and the chemical had been contained near Brookcrest Drive in the Millikin neighborhood on the city’s westside.

“There are no issues that are being presented for personal isolation or shelter-in-place, or evacuation,” or anything along those lines, said Butler County Emergency Management Agency Director Matt Haverkos.

“They’ve got it contained there, and then they’re going to do some tests to try and determine what it is and certainly track it through the system to see where it’s coming from.”

Firefighters created barricade to keep the substance from mixing with the creek, which flows into the Great Miami River. There are no indications that drinking water will be jeopardized, and no immediate estimate of how much of the chemical was present, he said.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Haverkos’ agency and Hamilton hazardous-materials personnel responded, along with city utility workers and others.

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“They’ll certainly be there until they determine what it is and where it’s coming from,” he said. “They’re also searching the area to determine where it’s coming from, and following the ditch lines and the known drainage that’s there.”

Two of the people working to trace the chemical’s source work in the county’s Emergency Operations Center and took a break from the other work they’ve been doing, responding to coronavirus calls and distributing personal protective equipment, Haverkos said.

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