DELAVAN — An unusual, frothy runoff discovered Monday along a street in Delavan turned out to be not hazardous, after a response from multiple agencies.

According to a news release issued Tuesday by the Delavan Fire Department, the department received a call directly from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency about a citizen concern regarding unusually colored liquid in a street runoff area at N. 7th Street and High Street.

The fire department responded immediately and primary Haz Mat response was also requested from area fire departments, which is the normal procedure for incidents like this.

The Regional Haz Mat Team from Racine Fire Department also responded along with the Walworth County Emergency Management.

When responders arrived, the found a colored, frothy substance in the runoff water.

The Town of Delavan Fire Department installed containment booms to restrict the flow of water for testing.

After further investigation, samples were tested by the Haz Mat Team.

They determined the substance to be regular street runoff causing no risk to the public or to water going into Lake Comus.

During the investigation members of the City of Delavan Fire Department and City of Delavan DPW inspected six area catch basins as well.

Three hours after the initial call by the EPA, all departments were cleared.

By Staff Report

Walworth County Community News