From oil to sewage, dangerous contaminants enter flooded rivers
By Jeremy Ross
FIRESTONE, Colo. — Add one more thing to worry about in the water for neighbors living near the St. Vrain and South Platte rivers.
The state of Colorado says an estimated 13,000 gallons of oil seeped into the St. Vrain and 5,200 gallons into the South Platte.
The contamination is blamed on the catastrophic floods in the area.
State health workers say despite the new threats, the greater concern is over the much larger amount of raw sewage that entered the water system.
They add most health concerns will subside in a few weeks, but the risks to wildlife and the environment could last decades.