West Vancouver conducting tests on mystery spill at Ambleside beach

The District of West Vancouver is waiting for tests to be conducted to determine what kind of mystery substance spilled out of a storm drain and on to Ambleside beach Thursday afternoon.

Municipal crews were first alerted around 2:30 p.m. Thursday that a yellow liquid substance was coming out of a storm drain and flowing towards the beach at Ambleside, said Donna Powers, spokeswoman for the District of West Vancouver.

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Municipal crews jumped into action, using a vacuum truck to suck the substance out of the storm drain and calling in Western Marine Response to place a boom at the beach and contain the liquid, said Powers.

Powers said the spill originated farther up the hill – possibly from a site near 15th and Argyle – but nobody knows for sure until testing has determined what it is.

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Crews used a pumper truck and a boom to contain a mystery substance that spilled from a West Vancouver municipal storm drain on to a beach at Ambleside Thursday afternoon - photo supplied

Powers said the substance did stop flowing soon after crews were alerted to it.

Speculation about what the mystery substance was has ranged from some kind of chemical to vegetable oil.

Powers said the municipality hopes to have test results back by Monday.


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