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The Wapella Fire Department was called to 10 Mile Creek early Wednesday morning for a call of an oil spill.

Upon arrival, crews found there was crude oil leaked and it was traced to the oil field nearby.

Wapella Fire Chief Nelson Thorpe indicated to Regional Radio News Thursday, the crude oil was from a 24-inch tile that had leaked and shut down several hundred acres of the field that has been in place for over 50 years, which has around 20 pumps in place.

He says they called in the hazmat team from Decatur to work with them. Also assisting at the scene hauling dirt and sand was the DeWitt County Highway Department, the Witted family, the Village of Wapella along with the Clinton Fire Department.

There were no street closures as a part of the process, which took nearly eight hours. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Natural Resources joined their crews in the mitigation process.

Chief Thorpe also indicates his monitoring the situation daily along with the Illinois EPA and DNR.

The oil spill has been contained to a three mile radius.

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