COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Cleanup is still underway after a producing oil well breached Thursday morning, spilling an estimated 100 barrels of oil into Oakey Woods Creek in Covington County.
As of Friday afternoon, emergency officials have cleaned up more than 50 barrels of the oil from and around the creek.
"The rain last night actually helped us, it helped move the product that was in log-jams and helped it flow down to the containment areas," said Collins Fire Chief, John Pope.
According to Pope, air and water levels are continuing to be monitored around the area, and at this time, no irregularities have been present in the air, however multiple water samples have been sent to the lab for testing.
Pope added that multiple residents have expressed concerns about water moving down stream and harming cattle, but so far emergency officials have kept it contained to a small area around the scene.
"A good bit of the product is actually a light crude, and it vaporizes off, so 100 barrels actually wont have to be collected, because there will not be that much left," said Pope.
Pope credited the work of the City of Collins Fire Department, hazmat crews, pipeline groups as well as state agencies who had oil booms in place very early in the spill, stopping it from spreading further downstream.
Pope estimates the heavy cleanup operations should be complete by Monday, if not Wednesday at the latest, however crews will remain for several weeks and continue to monitor the area as well as water and air levels for the community.