Tinker Creek Canoe Launch in Vinton remains closed due to petroleum-based spill

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Two bridges over Tinker Creek in Botetourt County are opened to traffic.

Two bridges over Tinker Creek in Botetourt County are opened to traffic.

VINTON, Va. (WFXR) — The Tinker Creek Canoe Launch in Vinton will remain closed until further notice due to a petroleum-based spill upstream in July.

Rainfall this week caused levels of the sheen and odor to increase and spread from Lick Run into Tinker Creek.

HAZMAT team members continue to work to mitigate and contain the pollutant by using booms in the water. Contractors and DEQ remain on scene cleaning up and containing the pollutant in the affected areas. The areas affected are:

  • Campbell Ave. SE/Norfolk Ave. SE east of downtown
  • Tinker Creek downstream of 13th St. NE
  • The Roanoke River downstream of the Tinker Creek confluence

Residents that live in the area or use the affected waterways are urged to stay out of the water until it is deemed safe to enter- no swimming, wading, floating, boating or fishing are recommended.

If you ingest the affected water, please call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222. The pollution does not affect drinking water to houses, only if you drink water directly from the creek

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