Quick work by crews, Fire District 1 minimized oil spilled to lake, city says

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City of Edmonds Public Works Director Phil Williams said Friday afternoon that he believes that public works employees were successful in catching much of the diesel oil spilled into a storm drain Friday morning before it made its way into Lake Ballinger.

The oil was spilled when an Allied Waste garbage truck hit a pole near Burlington Coat Factory on Highway 99.

“We could smell some diesel at the lake’s edge where the stormwater line enters the lake but couldn’t really see any visible
evidence of a sheen on the calm water surface,” Willliams said in an email. “I conclude therefore that we had a high degree of success catching it in the storm lines leading to the lake before it made it all the way there.”

The fact that it quit raining heavily about the time of the accident helped the situation, said Williams, who also shared “kudos to our crews and to Fire District 1 for their quick reactions.”

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