MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A leaky home heating oil tank dumped as much as 250 gallons of oil into Lake Mahopac on Wednesday (Feb. 19) but officials say the spill was contained and cleaned up before any further harm could be done.
According to Jack Casey, Mahopac Fire Department’s public information officer, both Mahopac and Mahopac Falls fire departments were dispatched just after 1 p.m. for a possible oil spill along Mount Hope Road. They were joined by Somers Fire Department, Carmel police, Battalion No. 16, the Putnam County Hazmat Team, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the DEP HazMat team, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Town of Carmel Building Department.
Investigators tracked the spill to a residence on Mount Hope Road that suffered from the leaking home heating oil tank. Mount Hope Road was closed to traffic while the investigation and cleanup were underway.
Casey said that 200 to 250 gallons leaked from the oil tank and into the home's basement, triggering a sump pump, which sent the oil to an area outside the house and downhill to Lake Mahopac. It was not clear if the homeowners were home at the time of the incident.
Casey said all the agencies worked together to contain the spill with booms in the lake and absorbent pads along the road and the affected neighboring properties.
County HazMat set up a command area on the lake next to McDonald Marine and monitored the area of the spill.