Officials have reopened the intersection of Bell Fork Road and Country Club Road in Jacksonville. It was closed earlier because of a leaking gas tank at a convenience store there. The cleanup continues, but traffic is flowing again.
Officials estimate between 50 and 100 gallons of gasoline escaped from the tanks and got into area stormwater drains. Crews used dirt birms to stop the gas from getting into the drainks, and pump worked to remove gas from drains to lessen the threat to area streams and the New River.
The State Division of Water Quality has been notified of the spill, and the operators of the business have been notified of their responsibility to clean up the area.
Gasoline escaping from old gas tanks at a convenience store has led to the closure at a busy intersection in Jacksonville.
City officials say they've closed the intersection of Bell Fork Road and Country Club Road is closed due to a problem with gas tanks at a restaurant convenience store at that intersection.
Crews noticed gas was escaping from the tanks, which are no longer used to sell gasoline. Jacksonville fire crews and environmental crews responded to the location. They're now cleaning up the site.
The city is advising drivers to avoid the area. Bell Fork Road was already closed at the Hargett Street intersection.
There is no estimate on when the clean-up will be complete at this time.