Augusta watches water supplies after I-95 spill

Posted Oct. 08, 2011, at 12:10 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Utility crews and state engineers are monitoring water supplies in Augusta a day after a tanker spilled hundreds of gallons of a papermaking chemical in an Interstate 95 crash.

Authorities say about 400 gallons of the chemical spilled into a ditch that feeds into Bond Brook. .

Brian Tarbuck of the Greater Augusta Utility District tells the Kennebec Journal that three wells that supply water to the area were immediately shut down Friday morning as a precaution. Two were reopened Friday afternoon. The third, which is closest to the accident, will remain off until Tuesday, when the utility district will be fully staffed.

He says there’s no reason to think the spill would have caused any short- or long-term health effects.

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The aftermath of the crash spurred traffic woes well into the evening Friday, at one point leading to a five-mile jam on the Maine Turnpike.

According to the Morning Sentinel, as of late Saturday morning traffic was flowing normally again on Interstate 95 between the Bond Brook overpass and Exit 112 in Augusta.

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