OAKLAND (KRON) — East Bay Municipal Utility District crews are back in Oakland, cleaning up a cement spill that filled more than a half a mile of the Glen Echo Creek in the Rockridge neighborhood.
According to EBMUD, the incident happened at around 9:30 a.m. when a valve was left open on a pipeline. A contractor with EBMUD was working on filling the 2-mile-long, 24-inch-wide old pipeline with cellular cement, a standard practice by the district for taking a pipeline out of service, but someone accidentally left a valve on the pipe open, allowing the cement to flow into Glen Echo Creek, EBMUD spokeswoman Abbie Figueroa said.
EBMUD says that between 110 to 170 cubic yards of cement flowed into the creek by Clarewood Drive.
After surveying the spill, EBMUD crews started to clean up the spill, but not until after 3 p.m.
Crews were back to work around 8:30 Thursday morning.
EBMUD officials say the cleanup could take days to complete.
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