HIGHLANDS – The Orange County HAZMAT response team, Orange County Department of Health, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and multiple other agencies responded to an oil spill from a truck carrying 2,200 gallons of fuel near the intersection of Route 293 and Route 9W in the Town of Highlands.
“The Orange County Department of Health responded with multiple staff and worked closely with the other agencies in determining a corrective action plan,” Commissioner of Health Dr. Eli Avila said.
The NYSDOH has collected samples which will be analyzed by the NYS Wadsworth Laboratory. Monitoring of the water quality will continue during and after spill mitigation to ensure the safety of the water supply.
The water supply that serves the Village of Highland Falls and the Town of Highlands has been switched over to their back-up water source which was not affected by the spill.
Initial Report: According to Orange County Emergency Management, the Village of Highland Falls and Town of Highlands is under a mandatory water restriction for municipal water until further notice.
A fuel oil spill from a truck rollover earlier this morning on 9W and Rt. 293 may have potentially compromised normal drinking water sources, said OCEM officials.
As a result an alternative source of water is currently being utilized to ensure public safety.
Municipal officials are asking local area residents to LIMIT the amount of water utilized until further notice – this is being requested solely as a means to conserve the limited supply.
There is NO threat to the general public at this time and all water sources currently being utilized are considered safe and non-compromised.
Photo Credit: Photos of Fort Montgomery/West Point Hazmat Incident; Courtesy of Joseph D’Onofrio