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Genesee County Health Department issues contact ban for part of the Flint River


Michigan Spill has placed a rigid boom near the pedestrian bridge over the Flint River on the University of Michigan-Flint campus. An oil spill has been reported in the area of ​​James P. Cole Blvd. and Merrill Street. Photos by Madeline CampbellMichigan Spill has placed a rigid boom near the pedestrian bridge over the Flint River on the University of Michigan-Flint campus. An oil spill has been reported in the area of ​​James P. Cole Blvd. and Merrill Street. Photos by Madeline Campbell

Michigan Spill has placed a rigid boom near the pedestrian bridge over the Flint River on the University of Michigan-Flint campus. An oil spill has been reported in the area of ​​James P. Cole Blvd. and Merrill Street. Photos by Madeline Campbell

GENESEE COUNTY – Following an oil spill, the Genesee County Health Department has imposed a no-contact order on a section of the Flint River.

The order applies to the stretch of river between Hamilton Avenue and Grand Traverse Street in Flint.

Fishing and other recreational activities are not recommended in this area.

The oil spill was first reported shortly before noon on June 25 in the area of ​​James P. Cole Boulevard and Merrill Street in Flint.

The oil spill was also originally reported as a chemical accident.

Responding agencies included the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Genesee County Health Department, City of Flint Sewer Department, Michigan Spill and Genesee County Hazardous Materials Team.

Booms or absorbent barriers have been placed at the spill site near the 1400 block of James P. Cole Boulevard and at the Flint River Trail Bridge. The absorbent barriers will be used to contain the spilled material.

The extent of the spill and the source have yet to be determined. Further investigations are ongoing.

The Michigan Department of Environmental, Great Lakes and Energy has been notified of the oil spill.

The authorities responded to a similar situation in April.