At approximately 4 p.m. today crews from Vail Fire and Emergency Services responded to the report of a leak in the Town of Vail snowmelt system on East Meadow Drive near the pedestrian entry to the Vail Village parking garage across from the Covered Bridge. Upon arrival, crews worked with responders from the Public Works Department to create a containment area, which collected approximately 250 to 500 gallons of propylene glycol. The leak was isolated by 4:30 p.m.
Propylene glycol is a minimally hazardous antifreeze used to prevent the snowmelt system from freezing.
Fire Chief Mark Novak says an unknown quantity entered a nearby storm drain which empties into Gore Creek. Environmental health and water regulatory agencies have been notified.
An environmental clean up company is en route. The intown bus has been rerouted until the clean up is complete and pedestrians will continue using a detour.