- Associated Press - Thursday, February 23, 2017

WALCOTT, Iowa (AP) - Firefighters are cleaning up a diesel spill on Mud Creek in eastern Iowa.

A news release from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a sheen on Mud Creek about 10 miles northwest of Walcott led a leaking pipe from an above-ground diesel tank Thursday morning.

A person who spotted the sheen traced the fuel back through an unnamed tributary of Mud Creek on a nearby farm.

The Maysville Fire Department responded, placing absorbent booms in the tributary to prevent the fuel from traveling further downstream.

The farmer was unsure when the leak occurred. Officials say possibly 500 gallons spilled, with maybe half of that reaching Mud Creek before the booms were in place.

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