Concern grows over boats leaking toxic fluids

September 30, 2008 7:36:56 AM PDT
More than two weeks after Hurricane Ike hit boats are still strewn across marinas on Clear Lake, leaking toxic fluids.ROAD TO RECOVERY: How you can help | School closings | Person locator | Important phone numbers | Assistance from FEMA | Filing a claim | Latest power numbers

Before the hurricane, the El Lago Marina had 70 slips and was nearly full of boats. The storm tossed a lot of those boats onto land. The other boats were submerged and are now oozing toxic fluids.

"There's so much oil, gasoline and diesel fuel, insecticides and household products that there's dead fish everywhere," said El Lago Marina owner Garson Silvers. "You don't see them now because the birds have eaten them."

The unified command based out of Pasadena is working to clean up the area. The task force is comprised of the Environmental Protection Agency, Coast Guard, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas General Land Office. They say about 2,000 spills have been reported in the Galveston Bay area.

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