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Crews are speeding up Basin bridge cleaning

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ST. MARTIN - An emergency clean up is underway under the Atchafalya Basin bridge after a mess that polluted the water under bridge.

A thick, yellow substance was seen floating in the water along Atchafalya basin bridge the last couple of days. DOTD said they received a call on Wednesday about yellow material in the water, which turned out to be thermoplastic material used for roadway striping.

DOTD said it was blown off the bridge while crews were re-striping it.

"They grind the old paint up to put the new more reflective striping down," said Rodney Mallett, Communications Director for DOTD. "During the night, the wind came up, they had a little storm come through, and it blow off some of that material from the containment area into the water."

Investigators said they don't believe the striping debris is hazardous, but they do plan to test out the material.

The spill is an issue many fisherman are worried about.

"It's not good for the wildlife and probably not good for the people too," said Marcus, who fishes under the bridge. "Who wants to eat yellow material? I like the fish, and not the chemical."

The road work is on hold until crews finish cleaning up the mess. There's no word on how long it will take for the cleanup to finish.

 

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