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Posted on: March 27, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Area surrounding gasoline leak safe, being monitored

The area surrounding an underground gasoline leak near the intersection of North Main Street and Holly Springs Road is safe and continues to be monitored by Town public safety and Wake County Emergency Management officials.

As a precaution, the intersection was closed when the leak was detected Wednesday afternoon, March 26. The roads at the intersection are reopened, with the exception of the right-hand turn lane on Holly Springs Road for vehicles turning north onto Main Street.

Town Fire Department Chief LeRoy Smith said there was no sign of safety or environmental hazards in the area and that the leak was likely contained within a gravel area beneath the tank.

The tank is several feet below the depth where water and sewer lines run. Gasoline was not detected in nearby storm drains and manholes, and the surrounding area and infrastructure continues to be monitored.

Thursday morning, a crew safely removed the remaining 1,300 gallons of gasoline from the underground tank and rinsed the tank. Plans call for wells to be installed to locate the leaked gasoline, and for damage to the surrounding soil to be remediated. The condition of the tank also is to be evaluated.

Public safety staff will continue to monitor the area to ensure continued safety.

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