Vandals Cause Latex to Spill into Kanawha River

By: Olivia Fecteau; Anna Baxter Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; Anna Baxter Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Vandals have caused quite a mess at Magic Island in Charleston.

A walker at Magic Island noticed the white substance Thursday afternoon and called to report the issue.

Tom Elkins, the city's storm water manager, says the substance is coming from a tank used by the contracting company, Penhall. That's the company that's doing the work on the Fort Hill Bridge in Charleston.

During the Labor Day weekend, someone broke into a tank carrying a latex modifier, Elkins said. The product helps make concrete more flexible.

A supervisor with Penhall told the city the company didn't notice the problem until Wednesday morning when workers returned from the holiday weekend, according to Elkins They spent all day Wednesday cleaning up the mess, but they didn't realize the substance got into the drain until it was reported on Thursday.

A large amount of the white substance was pouring out of a drain near Magic Island on Thursday afternoon. However, Elkins says only a small amount actually got into the river.

Elkins says there is no danger because the substance is so diluated.

Kathy Cosco, with the Department of Environmental Protection, tells a crew with the DEP is on scene cleaning up the mess.

We have a crew at Magic Island. Keep clicking on for the latest information.

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