Pollution ‘under control’ as officials lift emergency closure notices on River Great Ouse
- Credit: Archant
Emergency closure notices for locks around Huntingdonshire have been lifted following an oil spill in the River Great Ouse.
Environment Agency officials announced this afternoon (Friday) that closure notices at Godmanchester, Houghton, Hemingford, and St Ives had been lifted and boaters using the river could resume their journeys.
The locks had been closed for about 24 hours following an oil spill at Riverside Park, in Huntingdon.
RSPCA officials were called to the scene after reports that swans and other wildlife had been caught up in the spill. An investigation is ongoing into the cause of the incident.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “Booms and spill kits, whilst not now obstructing navigation, will still be present on the river and are containing the pollution and should be avoided and not tampered with.
You may also want to watch:
“The oil pollution is now largely under control but there may still be some remaining thin, rainbow-sheened, areas of pollution on the river, mainly constrained to channel margins.”
The spokesman urged people planning to take to the river in the area to be aware of the spill and re-iterated an earlier warning not to allow pets into the river.
- 1 Envar deny responsibility for county's fly invasion
- 2 Volunteers needed to support booster jabs programme
- 3 'Loving, caring family man' dies in hospital weeks after A141 crash
- 4 Appeal to Transport Secretary over Huntingdon Rail Station plan
- 5 Huntingdonshire parks awarded Green Flag status
- 6 Man jailed for historic sexual abuse 'convinced child victims it was normal behaviour'
- 7 'Plague' of flies in Huntingdonshire villages
- 8 Axe-wielding burglar smashed way into St Neots house
- 9 Lisa Leader makes it to Germany for life prolonging treatment
- 10 Man dies after single-car crash near Godmanchester
He said: “Teams will continue to monitor the situation over the weekend whilst further collection of pollutants is expected. Teams will mobilise again early next week to collect the booms, spill kits and waste for safe disposal, bringing an end to the incident response whilst investigations continue into the source and causes of the pollution incident.”