Jefferson Parish: Clean up continues following Friday’s fuel spill on I-10

Updated: Jul. 14, 2018 at 12:03 PM CDT
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JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish officials say they are continuing to assist with the clean-up following Friday's fuel spill on Interstate 10 in Kenner.

Around 2 p.m. Friday afternoon, a tanker truck leaked over 2500 gallons of fuel causing I-10 to be shut down near Williams Boulevard. The Kenner Fire Department and the Jefferson Parish Fire Services Hazardous Materials team responded to the scene.

During the spill, JP Environmental and Louisiana DEQ were notified that some of the fuel drained in the nearby Canal #3. JP Hazmat and Louisiana Hazmat were called in to oversee the cleanup operations and the transfer of the remaining fuel before reopening the interstate.

The Jefferson Parish Drainage Department has been called in to access the situation and come up with an action plan for cleaning Canal #3 which flows to the Elmwood Pump Station. While crews believe that the gas will become diluted in the canal and will evaporate quickly, the Jefferson Parish Drainage Department says they have booms on standby ready to be deployed in the event that it rains and the pumps will have to be turned on.

Clean-up efforts are expected to last two to three days.

All lanes were reopened Friday night at 7 p.m. after clean-up of the roadway was completed.

Officials say all parish departments remain on standby to assist in any efforts related to Friday's fuel spill.

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