2,500 evacuated as crews scramble to contain Slocan Valley fuel spill

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Global News

UPDATE: The evacuation order was lifted at around 1:50 p.m. Saturday afternoon and all residents were allowed back into their homes. As of Sunday afternoon, the truck tanker has been removed from Lemon Creek. There still is a warning not to drink or use the water.

Hazmat crews in B.C.’s Slocan Valley were kept busy Saturday as they worked to contain a fuel spill that forced thousands of people from their homes.

A state of emergency was declared and a mandatory evacuation order was in effect for thousands of residents who live near Lemon Creek on Friday after an Executive Flight Centre tanker carrying 35,000 litres of jet fuel went off the road and crashed into Lemon Creek, spilling fuel into the river that is connected to several waterways in the area.

The regional district confirmed that the entire tanker load was dumped into Lemon Creek and carried downstream.

The driver of…

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