MEDICINE PARK, Okla. – Officials suspect foul play was behind a raw sewage leak that spilled into an Oklahoma creek over the weekend.
Crews have been cleaning up raw sewage that spilled into Medicine Creek over the weekend, KSWO reports.
Public Works Manager Ray Reynolds believes this leak was no accident.
Reynolds told KSWO he believes someone intentionally went into the pump house and forced everything to shut down in an effort to make the current city’s government look bad.
“We’ve been having this little problem since we took over. I’ve been on board for about a month and I’ve seen a lot of problems to not discredit the new government, but make the old government look good,” Reynolds said.
So far this year, Reynolds says he has filed three reports of vandalism after someone broke the lock to the pump shed and tampered with equipment.
“We tightened them up, seeing as they are not even tight. Someone deliberately loosened them up. Then that’s when the sewage was coming out of the sewer pipes,” Reynolds said.
Fortunately, the spill was quickly contained.
Reynolds says it is still safe to swim and fish in Medicine Creek.
“I’ve been through the water. I’m going through the state. I’ve got the Arbor Foundation coming in. The Fish and Wildlife [Department] people met with me today and assured me everything was good,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds is hoping whoever is responsible for the recent vandalism will soon be caught.