ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – More than 24 hours later, there’s still no answers about what has turned the water white at Coldwater Creek in North St. Louis County.
Lifelong resident Julie Hartwell’s son initially made the discovery Sunday morning. Metropolitan Sewer District immediately sent crews to investigate and determined the problem was not sewer- or wastewater-related.
MSD’s Lance LeComb told KMOX on Sunday that Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources was notified.
Hartwell says they responded and took samples of the water, but she still hasn’t heard any preliminary information from DNR.
Whatever the milk-colored substance is has a chemical smell that was more prevalent Sunday morning when it was discovered.
Hartwell tells KMOX fish were visible Sunday morning, but by late Monday afternoon, no fish could be seen.
Given Coldwater Creek’s history of nuclear contamination, residents are understandably concerned. There are areas of Coldwater Creek where the white color is not visible.
Near St. Cin Park, the creek looks like it’s filled with milk. This is a park that has a basketball court, picnic grounds and a children’s play area.
By 4 p.m. Monday, kids were flocking to the park. Unless they’ve seen it for themselves, some are not aware of whatever is filling the creek.
MSD speculated it could be dye or paint – even though it’s not leaving residue on the banks of the creek or on the rocks like paint would.
So far, there’s no official word from city officials on what it might be.
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