STORM LAKE, Iowa | An oil spill on Storm Lake Sunday afternoon has been contained and cleaned up, city and state officials said Monday.
According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the contract operator for Dredge America was pumping water out of the bilge of a work boat when he left to do something else.
When the operator was gone, the pump removed all of the water. It than pumped out an estimated two gallons of oil that was on top of the lake's bilge water. This created a 100-by-100 feet sheen on the portion of the lake that is on the north side of Chautauqua Bay.
Dredge America operators shut off the pump and started putting absorbent pads on the oil getting into the lake.
The city of Storm Lake and the Iowa DNR Lake Patrol were able to contain the oil to the lake with booms until it could be picked up with the absorbent pads.