JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says a sewage line blockage caused a small leak of raw sewage and chemical discharge into a Fulton County creek Monday morning.
According to DEC spokesperson Lisa King, crews were called to the scene around 11 a.m., after the discovery of the leaked substances into the Cayadutta Creek in Johnstown, near Water Street and Pleasant Avenue in the city.
King said DEC crews were able to quickly unclog and contain the leak in just a couple of hours. City workers have since taken over the clean-up.
The chemical waste was legally discharged from a nearby leather tannery. It is not known what the blockage was composed of.
King said the spill was minor and created no danger to anyone in the city. Crews did take a sample of the water to test as a formality.