Enfield residents advised not to use water as crews clean up gasoline spill near I-91


Residents who live near Exit 49 in Enfield are being asked not to drink their water while crews work to clean up the gasoline caused by Monday’s roll over accident.

According to Connecticut State Police, the exit will be closed for quite some time as the clean up continues for an “extensive gasoline leak” caused by Monday’s rollover accident.

Crews were at the site of the accident Tuesday night removing contaminated soil.

The fire chief of Thompsonville, Connecticut told 22News, residents were asked not to use their water in fear of gasoline leaking into their wells.

“The problem is that the water they use is wells,” said Fire Chief Earl Provencher. “So in order to make it, we don’t want them to use their water because if there is still gasoline in the soil using the well will draw the gasoline towards their well and the last thing we want to do is contaminate the wells.”

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is working to clean up about 2,600 gallons of gas.

The fire chief added that the clean up effort will take quite some time.

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