GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Crews are working to prevent a little bit of diesel fuel from making into the Grand River after a small spill in Grand Rapids.
The spill happened along Michigan Street near Scribner Avenue NW, across from the River House at Bridgewater Place. Grand Rapids Fire Department Battalion Chief Bart Perry said a passerby reported it around 2:30 p.m.
Perry said it appears a truck cut the corner close while entering a parking lot on the south side of the road and hit a fire hydrant. That damaged the truck’s fuel tank and caused the diesel spill.
Firefighters responded and set up dikes to contain the fuel. However, some appears to have made it into the storm water sewer system.
GRFD is now working with city Environmental Services to try to keep that fuel out of the river. A vacuum truck was called in to clear out the sewer system. Crews are also soaking up any fuel remaining on the curb.
Only one lane of Michigan Street is open in each direction as crews are on scene.
Only a very small amount of fuel, if any at all, may make it into the river. However, GRFD tries to never allow anything to get in the river.
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