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UPDATE: HazMat crews shutdown ammonia leak near Whitten

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WHITTEN (KWWL) -

A large anhydrous leak in Grundy County forced authorities to block off a county highway for several hours.

The leak was noticed around 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Mid-Iowa Cooperative. The co-op is located two miles east of the community of Whitten on 310th street.

Several local fire departments as well as the Waterloo HazMat team were called in to help stop the leak. Authorities warned those living downwind about the potential danger and some left their homes for a short time.

Fire officials originally thought a valve might have malfunctioned, but a closer look revealed a pipe which connected three large tanks was leaking.

Authorities say about 80% of their 28,000 gallons were spilled by the time a hazmat crew got things under control.

Despite the amount of anhydrous released, no one was injured.

"Everybody knows how to respond. Everybody knows how to take care of themselves so it's been very calm situation as far as injuries or life threatening issues," said Grundy County Sheriff, Rick Penning.

Crews were able to stop the leak around 2:30 p.m. in afternoon and 310th street was reopened.

Authorities say the strong winds help disperse the gas from the area.

 

 

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