Fuel seeps into ditch near lake

Post-Bulletin staff

The Austin Fire Department responded to the smell of fuel Tuesday near the Austin Auto Truck Plaza, and found that some fuel had run off in a drainage ditch leading toward East Side Lake.

Chief Dan Wilson said the department was able to capture some of the run-off; he is unsure how much leaked.

The fuel and some water flowed into a drainage ditch leading through a culvert under Interstate 90 and toward East Side Lake.

Firefighters set-up barricades to keep the fuel from draining into the lake. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Rochester office was notified. Then MPCA and firefighters cleaned up the fuel.


Moez Manji, general manager of Austin Auto Truck Plaza, said he suspects a minor amount of diesel might have washed into the drainage ditch that runs between the plaza and I-90 with the recent rain and wind.

Manji said he will be cleaning the diesel islands more often to prevent such incidents.

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