Petroleum washed into Cumberland River by Monday’s rain

Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Nashville Fire Department has responded to Petroleum in the Cumberland River downtown near Riverfront Park.

The sheen was first spotted at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Monday’s rain washed a petroleum product into the storm drain then into the Cumberland River, according to officials.

Crews from Nashville Fire and the U.S. Coast Guard searched for the source up and down the river, and just before 10 a.m. Tuesday, found it.

Officials said the product came from about 300 yards past the Silliman Evans Bridge, on the west side of the river.

Nashville Fire crews said the water treatment facility on Cumberland was notified and is protected.

Booms were brought in to protect the rest of the river but according to the Coast Guard, only about 5-10 gallons of the petroleum product spilled into the river, so they weren’t needed.

The rest of the product should be dispersed within the next few hours.


Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

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