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September 28, 2021

Millcreek residents urged to avoid creek water after concrete spill

Dead fish found in Mill Creek following a concrete spill on I-215 in Millcreek on Thursday. (Patrick Fink)

MILLCREEK — Utah transportation officials are urging residents to avoid going into Mill Creek from I-215 to at least 700 East in Millcreek following a concrete spill Thursday night that ended up in the creek.

Millcreek officials tweeted about the spill in the area of 3800 South and Upland Drive shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday. The spill happened as crews continued to work on a project reconstructing I-215.

Utah Department of Transportation officials said Friday the spill increased pH levels through at least 700 East and can cause skin irritation. They advised residents to also keep their pets away from the water.

Utah Department of Environmental Quality and Salt Lake County Health Department still have teams at the scene, UDOT officials said Friday. A spokesperson for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources confirmed the agency was also asked to review the water for any impact it had on fish. One resident nearby posted photos of dead fish in the creek on social media after the spill, describing the creek as “chalk white.”

Residents who may have questions or concerns are encouraged to call a hotline set up at 844-909-3278.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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