DNR officials investigate E-85 fuel spill on top of frozen section of Des Moines River

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ESTHERVILLE, Iowa — Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials say about 100 gallons of fuel has pooled on top of a frozen section of the Des Moines River.

DNR spokesman Kevin Baskins says E-85 fuel overflowed Friday as a tank at an Estherville service station was being filled. He says the fuel reached a nearby storm sewer and flowed to the West Fork of river in northern Iowa.

Officials say they began cleaning the spill atop the ice and placed a barrel at the end of the storm sewer pipe to collect any fuel that continues to flow through and keep it from reaching the river.

Baskins says the DNR doesn't expect significant environmental impact from the spill.

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