HERINGTON, Kan. (AP) State health officials are warning central Kansas residents to avoid a creek near Herington following a sulfuric acid spill.
The Department of Health and Environment issued the warning for 5 miles of Lime Creek north of U.S. 56. The acid leaked Sunday from a ruptured tank on a Union Pacific rail car at a rail yard, sending 11,000 gallons of the pollutant into the water.
The health department says people, pets and livestock should avoid drinking from the creek or using it for recreation.
KDHE will continue testing the water to determine when it is safe again.