Oil leak found in post flood Tennessee

15:58, May 05, 2010      

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A worker puts fabric on the shore of a flooded area to absorb oil slick in Nashville, Tennessee, May 4, 2010. A potentially damaging oil leak was found Tuesday in flood-ravaged Nashville, capital of U.S. state Tennessee. (Xinhua/Wang Fengfeng)

A potentially damaging oil leak was found Tuesday in flood ravaged Nashville, capital of southern U.S. state Tennessee, and authorities were working to contain it.

The oil leak was found in flood waters near a Metro Water Services Biosolids Facility on the bank of Cumberland River.

Xinhua reporters at the scene saw workers in Metro Water Services uniforms laying fabric-like material and boom in the water and on the shore. The slick has darkened grass on the shore.

Workers at the scene said they are not authorized to speak to media, and phone calls to Metro Water Services went unanswered.

Rachel Vance, a spokeswomen with Nashville Emergency Operations center, which is responsible for responding to the floods that has killed 10 people in Nashville since Saturday, confirmed to Xinhua it was indeed an oil leak, and authorities were still trying to determine its origin.

"The fabric like material was meant to absorb the oil,” she said, adding the Metro Water Services was focused to “clean it up.”

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