City officials then warned the Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy on Monday night about “unknown hydrocarbon shine” on the river, EGLE spokesman Hugh McDiardid said Tuesday on Bridge Michigan.


The Flat Rock Fire Department immediately put vouchers in the river to control the spill. At the time, the gloss was about 500 feet long and 100 feet wide, McDiarmid said.

It is unclear what caused the leak, but Flat Rock Mayor Mark Hammond told Bridge that the substance continues to seep into Huron’s “tributary”.

EGLE officials said the leak occurred near the Flat Rock Dam in downtown Flat Rock, 10 miles upstream from the mouth of the Huron in Lake Erie, between Detroit and Monroe.

“We are trying to find out the source, but now we do not know,” said Hamand.

McDiarmid said crews are inspecting sewers to determine the extent and origin of the leak.

The Huron River spill comes months after gas leaked from a storage container at Ford’s plant and into the city sewer, causing dangerous fumes to enter homes in the area and forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate for more than two weeks.

Ford has slowly uncovered a 1,400-gallon leak by state regulators after company workers discovered it Sept. 1, and the crisis strained relationships between Flat Rock residents and the city’s largest employer.

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