Comal River back open after hydraulic fluid spill shut it down

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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) — The Comal River is open Saturday morning after a railroad crew working on a bridge above Texas Tubes broke a hydraulic line Friday afternoon, spilling around 30 gallons of hydraulic fluid.

“A small percentage” went into the Comal River, the city of New Braunfels said in a release sent out on Friday, prompting the the temporary closure of the river for recreation on Friday afternoon.

Railroad crews, New Braunfels fire, police, parks and river operations worked together to manage the cleanup.

The city said a railroad hazmat crew is responsible for the final cleanup.

Hinman Island Drive was closed and tubing was suspended while crews cleaned up the spill.

Now that the river is open, New Braunfels Police are also reminding the public to be careful of debris under the water’s surface that may not be visible and to always wear a life vest.

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