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Lake Pflugerville briefly closed after barrel discovered

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Pflugerville Lake is back open after a barrel marked as having hazardous materials was found floating in the water.

The city gave the all-clear after 6 Monday night. They determined the barrel did not leak and tested the water four times to make sure.

The Austin Fire Department hazmat team came out to test the contents of the barrel. It appears there was just water inside. All tests for chemicals were negative.

According to a city spokesperson, city staff found the 55 gallon barrel floating near the north shore of the lake this afternoon.

City crews got it out of the water and evacuated the lake around 3:30 p.m.

A DPS helicopter did some fly-overs to check for evidence of a spill. The safety of the lake is paramount because that's where the drinking water comes from out here. Just to be extra careful, the city temporarily drew water from its wells. Meantime, folks continued showing up to take a dip and were turned away.

The city is once again relying on the lake for its water supply. It is safe to get in the lake.

Now the hunt has begun to find the person who illegally dumped the barrel. A criminal investigation is underway. The crime is a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

 

 

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