'Green Creek' in El Dorado Puzzles Residents

Published 07/23 2014 05:55PM

Updated 07/23 2014 06:02PM

El DORADO, AR - Residents in south Arkansas were shocked to wake up and find that a creek in front of their home changed colors.

Residents in El Dorado came outside Tuesday afternoon and noticed Champagnolle Creek had turned turned green.

El Dorado and Union County officials have been working to find out what caused the water to change color.

Crews have built a dam and are pumping the water into tanks.

A green foamy liquid has contaminated the creek and killed the fish in it.

General Manager of El Dorado Water Utilities Mark Smith tells us he has an idea of how this toxin has gotten into the creek.

"We believe these are chemicals that were dumped from a car wash that was being torn down on Main Street, and put down their floor drain, which took that product to the storm drain," says Smith.

Residents have been advised to stay away from the contaminated creek until further notice.

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