Madison County

Spill turns Madison County creek bright orange

Residents in Madison County called 9-1-1 on Thursday after they saw that the water in a nearby creek was bright orange. Emergency management officials say the color was caused by an unknown amount of mulch coloring dye that was spilled into the creek.
Residents in Madison County called 9-1-1 on Thursday after they saw that the water in a nearby creek was bright orange. Emergency management officials say the color was caused by an unknown amount of mulch coloring dye that was spilled into the creek. WKYT

Officials in Madison County are working to clean up a leak that dyed a creek bright orange on Wednesday.

People who live in the area called 9-1-1 just after noon when they saw the orange water, which originated at a spill site near Estill Wood Products on Igo Road, according to the Madison County Emergency Management Agency.

The water turned orange after an unknown amount of dye used to color mulch was spilled into the creek, which flows into Smith's Fork Creek, according to emergency management. The dye can be dangerous to aquatic life, but samples have been taken and no sign of "stress" to the creatures in the creek has been detected.

Kentucky Emergency Management and the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection's emergency response team are overseeing the response to the spill and continue to monitor the situation, according to Madison County emergency management. Estill Wood Products is working alongside an environmental contractor to clean up the spill site.

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