In this incident, on July 15, 2019, a tractor-trailer jackknifed and ended up with a broken open fuel tank and a major roadway spill. The incident happened on Interstate Highway 90 in Snoqualmie, WA. For this type of recovery, both Team Pro-Tow and Team Pro-Enviro responded to help with the vehicle and spill recovery.
Auburn Recovery and Spill Recovery
We worked with the Department of Ecology, Washington State Department of Transportation, and WSP to safely execute the Auburn recovery. Once we arrived, we quickly learned how big the spill was, which required immediate and fast action. Added to that was a nearby storm drain which needed protection from the spill to avoid hazardous contamination.
While team Pro-Tow handled the recovery of the tractor-trailer, our team got to work containing the spill and protecting the storm drain. We used absorbent materials – powders that dry out and absorb the fluid so it can be safely collected. We worked until dark and didn’t stop until the roads were safe and clear again from this spill recovery.
Why is Storm Drain Cleaning important?
Fuel spills are a significant threat and risk to the environment. Animals can become injured from spills or become ill from drinking contaminated water. With storm drains, whatever ends up in the drains that shouldn’t be there, eventually makes its way to natural waterways.
Pro-Enviro responds and works quickly regarding spill recoveries near storm drains or water. In this incident, we temporarily blocked the storm drain to prevent anything from getting in; then, we did a thorough storm drain cleaning. Doing so helped avoid any contamination from getting downstream and causing more damage. Preventing contamination before it can happen also means a less involved and expensive recovery.
Remember, call Pro-Enviro for speedy and effective cleanup help when there’s a spill involved in Auburn, Spokane, North Bend, Maple Valley, and the surrounding areas.