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Recreational water recommendation for Youngs Fork Creek

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Recreational water recommendation issued for Youngs Fork Creek area

MARION –McDowell County officials urge people to avoid recreational activities along Youngs Fork Creek near Rutherford Road due to an unknown petroleum-like substance that appears to be seeping into Youngs Fork near the intersection of Rutherford Road and Georgia Ave. The advisory applies to all areas along Youngs Fork Creek beginning at the intersection of Rutherford Rd @ Georgia Ave. to its confluence with North Muddy Creek.

Officials are investigating now to determine if any hazards exist to humans or livestock, determine the source, and contain the substance.

"We are working in a coordinated response to this concern between McDowell County EM, RPM District Health Department, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services," said Rutherford Polk McDowell Health Director Karen Powell.

Environmental and health officials recommend the following:

· Avoid swimming, wading or fishing in this section of the area until further notice.

· Avoid skin contact with water, soil and sediment in or near the river.

· If skin comes into contact with contaminated sediment or water, thoroughly wash the affected area with soap and water.

Officials with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will be conducting water quality sampling and planning for control and remediation of the problem.

At this time, we have no recommendations related to private drinking water wells near the site. Additional guidance will be provided, as warranted, as recommendations and guidance are received. Questions or concerns should be directed to the Health Department at 828-652-2921. Please leave name and phone number for a return call.


Last Update: 25 February 2018 8:13 pm

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