- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a chlorine leak in Clear Lake has been contained but crews were still working to fix the problem.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1MyPaYv ) the leak at Clear Lake’s water treatment plant was noticed Friday morning and prompted an evacuation of some nearby homes. No injuries were reported.

City Administrator Scott Flory says it appears a faulty valve or hose is to blame for the chlorine release.

Chlorine gas in high concentrations can cause breathing difficulty and lung damage, as well as vomiting and other symptoms.

As a precaution, authorities evacuated homes within a block of the plant, located downtown near a park.

Clear Lake Fire Department Captain Jim Finstad says firefighters were determining if plant workers could safely return to complete repairs.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/


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