Animal waste cleanup closes Lodi street

By: Phil Levin Email
By: Phil Levin Email

POSTED Tuesday, September 24, 2013 --- 10:30 p.m.
Reporter: Phil Levin

After a truck drove much of Main St. accidentally dumping animal waste, fire crews were called to clean the mess in Lodi.

At about 3:30 p.m. those in shops on the busy street started to smell something was wrong.

"This big 18 wheeler came through and was just pouring it out of the bottom of his trailer," said Jennie Larson, who works at the Resale Store. "When you live in a small community surrounded by farmlands, this isn't an unusual smell."

The city organized fire crews to clear the waste to the curb where a septic truck sucked it away before draining into nearby Spring Creek.

"I've been with the city 35 years," said Department of Public Works Director Randy Herwig. "It's happened before but not to this extent."

Herwig says Spring Creek is an active trout stream. His team also hurried because the street will host the annual Brew-B-Que festival this weekend.

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