Emergency Response Staff from Multiple State Agencies Have Contained the Spill and Have Launched a Coordinated Clean-Up Effort Village of Highland Falls Has Been Switched to Back-Up Water Supply Out of an Abundance of Caution
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today deployed staff and resources from multiple state agencies to the site of a diesel spill in the Village of Highland Falls. Earlier this morning, a single axle tank truck overturned and dumped approximately 1,400 gallons of fuel into the Highland Brook which supplies the village with its water. The spill has since been contained with absorbent booms deployed by the State Department of Environmental Conservation. Out of an abundance of caution, the village has been transferred over to its backup water supply until further notice.
"At my direction, New York has launched an immediate and coordinated response to this morning's spill in the Village of Highland Falls," Governor Cuomo said. "Emergency response experts from multiple state agencies are on site and have already contained the spill. Staff will remain on site to ensure the Village's drinking water supply is protected and that the clean-up is completed as swiftly as possible."
Upon receiving notification of the spill, state officials worked quickly with the West Point and Fort Montgomery Fire Departments, Orange County Hazardous Materials Teams and Village of Highland Falls officials to ensure the spill was contained and to immediately shut off the water supply intake pumps. The State Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health are now assessing impacts to the water supply and determining when regular water service can resume. As part of this process, the Department of Health will expedite analysis of these water samples at its Wadsworth Laboratory. For updates and additional information, residents should visit the Village's web site here.
The Director of the State Office of Emergency Management is on site with regional staff and has bottled water from the regional stockpile on standby. DEC's Spills Response crew is also on site with its Emergency Response Trailer and will monitor the site for threats to public health and the environment, which will include the use of a drone to provide aerial mapping of the spill to support response efforts.