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Slurry spill in Rudyard shuts roads

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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ROADS leading into a Staffordshire Moorlands village had to be closed for several hours after 12,000 gallons of slurry leaked from a tanker.

Emergency services, along with the environmental agency and highway officials, were called to Rudyard at 3.30pm on Saturday.

A police spokesman said: "The incident, which involved a slurry spillage, occurred at Camrose Hill near the junction of Lake Road.

"The spillage then went down the road towards the roundabout near the junction of Lake Road, which forced highway closure.

"The roads had to be closed for several hours while a clean operation took place."

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service sent four appliances to the scene to help stop the slurry entering water courses and to help clear the area.

A spokesman for the service said: "Two crews from Leek, one from Newcastle and the incident response unit, also from Newcastle, attended an incident involving a tanker at Rudyard. Approximately 12,000 gallons of farm slurry had leaked from the tanker onto the road and entered the watercourse via drains and a small brook.

"Firefighters arrived at the incident at 3.31pm and left the scene at 6.37pm."

Officials from the Environment Agency were called to the scene by 999 crews.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "We attended the incident following a report from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service soon after it happened on Saturday, March 15.

"The fire service informed us that approximately 12,000 gallons of slurry had been lost, of which 8,000 gallons were contained. Our officers monitored the situation over the weekend and confirm no major impact on the receiving watercourses."

District councillor for the area Norma Hawkins said: "The incident did cause problems initially when traffic was backing up.

"It seems the slurry came down an unmade track to the roundabout in the centre of the village and then went down the road leading to Leek. It was a big cleaning up operation, and although there are still traces of where the spillage was, everything is back to normal."

Staffordshire county councillor Simon Tagg, cabinet support member for transport and connected county said: "Our highways crews attended the incident and worked with partner agencies to help clear the affected road and area.

"Teams used a gritter to help spread sand plus a road sweeper to help clear as much of the slurry away as possible. Crews visited the site again on Sunday to put down some additional sand and on Monday returned to clear out the gullies."

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