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Crews investigate oily substance along Joplin Creek

JOPLIN, Mo. - Jasper County Emergency Manager Keith Stammer says an "oily sheen of some unknown substance" was soaked up from Joplin Creek.

This morning (Aug 23) around 11:03 am, the Joplin Fire Department responded to a report of an oily sheen on water flowing along Joplin Creek near 5th and Murphy Boulevard.

Stammer says the first crew got there and found an "oily sheen of some unknown substance" floading on top of the water. 

Crews deployed oil absorbent booms at five locations upstream and downstream on Joplin Creek to stop and absorb the substance.

Fire crews remained on scene until 2:21 pm.

They took water samples and contacted the Department of Natural Resources. Stammer says it will be the DNR's responsibility to determine both the substance and the source of its release.

The Joplin Fire Department responded with four units and nine personnel. They were assisted by the Joplin Police Department and Public Works.

The cause remains under investigation.

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