3000 Dead Fish in the River Crane
Environment Agency investigating major water pollution incident
Environment Agency officers will continue working today on a major sewage pollution incident which has left thousands of fish dead in West London.
An estimated 3000 fish are now dead in the River Crane, a tributary of the River Thames, after raw sewage began to discharge into the river on Saturday. Environment Agency officers have been working round the clock to try and minimise any further environmental damage,, taking water samples and assessing the impact on fish.
A silver command has been established to bring the situation under control as quickly as possible.
Environment Agency Area Manager Julia Simpson said: "This is a major incident and it appears that thousands of fish have been killed. Environment Agency officers have been working around the clock to minimise any further impact this incident has on the environment. We will be overseeing the clean up and have launched a full investigation.
"We advise people to keep themselves and their pets out of the water until the incident is resolved."
A spokesman for Thames Water explained that "a two-metre valve (penstock) in a major sewer serving Heathrow Airport
jammed shut on Saturday afternoon at Cranford Bridge on the A4 Bath Road
October 31, 2011