Crews clean up oil spill at Bullhead City condos; barrier keeping it from Colorado River

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The barrier boom prevents the oil from leaving the lagoon and going into the Colorado River. By Jennifer Thomas The barrier boom prevents the oil from leaving the lagoon and going into the Colorado River. By Jennifer Thomas

BULLHEAD CITY -- Bullhead City firefighters and hazardous materials crews were called out to some condominiums Wednesday evening to help with an oil slick.

Fire Department spokesman Larry Tunforss said when crews arrived, they found a 150-foot-long oil slick that covered the river entrance into the lagoon at the Road Haven Condominiums.

A barrier boom was put on top of the water to contain the estimated 1- to 5-gallon spill in the lagoon and prevent it from gaining access to the open Colorado River.

Tunforss said the material was tested Thursday and proved to be motor oil.

A crew from a Las Vegas company started cleaning up the hazard Friday morning. Cleanup is expected to be completed by early evening.

River access for the Road Haven Condominiums and East Shore Villas will be closed until the cleanup is complete.

Authorities don't know how the oil got into the lagoon. Anyone with information is asked to call the Bullhead City Fire Department at 928-758-3971.