Garland initiates cleanup of creeks after Sherwin-Williams fire
On August 7, at approximately 1:20 am, a fire broke out at the Sherwin-Williams facility in Garland, at 701 S. Shiloh Rd. Garland Fire Department responded; 16 fire units suppressed the fire after two hours.
But during the efforts to contain the fire, foam retardant from the Sherwin-Williams fire suppression system entered the sewers and surrounding creeks.
Now, the City of Garland, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Sherwin-Williams are working to remediate the issues caused by the runoff and clean up remaining foam which has been spotted in local creeks.
Some dead fish have been observed in the impacted creeks, and the public is advised to not fish or have contact with these creeks while contaminant testing and cleanup activities continue.
Dams have been constructed and water is being pumped out of impacted creeks to mitigate the spread of potential contaminants.
According to a release, 27 tanks have already been filled with over 600,000 gallons of potentially impacted water, and 23 more tanks are expected to be filled over the next few days. Water sampling is ongoing, and the sampling results will be posted when available.
As a precaution, the EPA has activated the Poison Control Center for this incident. Those who feel unwell and believe it is the result of contact with an impacted creek should call 1-800-222-1222 for guidance.
Impacted creeks span approximately 17.4 water miles, beginning near the intersection of Shiloh and Miller Roads and extending to the East Fork Trinity River.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation with Garland Fire remaining onsite.