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Was Fort Wayne creek flowing with milk?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 3:12 pm

Some Fort Wayne residents who live near the Spy Run Creek believe the stream was flowing with milk earlier this week.

Several residents of the Brookview neighborhood noticed a milky white substance in the creek Monday near State Boulevard, said neighborhood president Michelle Briggs Wedaman. Alarmed at the thought of a chemical spill, they called Wedaman.

“It was scary for people to see,” Wedaman said. “We thought maybe it was chemicals.”

Wedaman said a Fort Wayne sewer maintenance worker told her that the substance was in fact milk, and that a sewer pipe connected to Prairie Farms Dairy on Lima Road may have overflowed, spilling into the creek.

But Frank Suarez, a spokesman for Fort Wayne City Utilities, said Wednesday that city officials do not know exactly what was in the creek or where it came from, though he confirmed that a nearby wastewater sewer overflowed Monday.

“We don't know what the substance was or where it came from,” Suarez said. “It does appear that there was an overflow, but we don't know what caused it.”

A spokesman for Prairie Farms did not respond to a voicemail seeking comment.