Tubers' Nightmare: Hydraulic fluid spill in Comal River
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – The Comal River is back open for all recreation, including tubing, after Friday’s hydraulic fluid spill.
New Braunfels police said the New Braunfels Fire Department and Union Pacific Railroad worked to clean up approximately 30-gallons of hydraulic fluid that spilled from a ruptured hydraulic line.
A majority of the spill was contained away from the river.
Tubers along the Comal River have had their day spoiled by a smelly – and dangerous - spill.
The New Braunfels Fire Department has confirmed that they are investigating a hydraulic fluid spill into the river.
A railroad work crew working at the rail bridge above Texas Tubes on the Comal River ruptured a hydraulic line, resulting in a spill of approximately 30 gallons of fluid, with a small percentage of the spillage going into the Comal River, according to a post on the City of New Braunfels Facebook page.
Crews from the railroad worked with the New Braunfels Fire, Police, River Operations and Parks and Watershed Management departments to manage the spill. The New Braunfels Fire Department deployed boats with booms to help clean the spill from the river.
A railroad hazmat crew will be responsible for the final cleanup.
People on the scene tell us the spill occurred at about 1:30 pm Friday on a bridge over the river near Prince Solms Park.
Tubers and swimmers have been asked to stay out of the water while officials investigate, but the area has not been evacuated.
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