Yonkers police lift warning after chlorine spill contained

Yonkers firefighters set up a command post several hundred feet from a building containing a chlorine treatment operation Monday on Central Avenue in Yonkers after a chlorine spill inside the building. Police closed off southbound Central Avenue and several side streets near the facility, which is near Midland Terrace.

Seth Harrison/The Journal News 
Yonkers firefighters set up a command post several hundred feet from a building containing a chlorine treatment operation Monday on Central Avenue in Yonkers after a chlorine spill inside the building. Police closed off southbound Central Avenue and several side streets near the facility, which is near Midland Terrace.
 Written by Shawn Cohen | spcohen@lohud.com
An advisory for city residents was lifted after emergency crews contained a chlorine spill at the Hillview pump station on Central Park Avenue on Monday.  Police had been urging residents within a quarter-mile area to stay inside and keep their windows closed after a worker reported the leak about 9 a.m. It was lifted about three hours later.

Yonkers firefighters, police and a hazardous materials team responded after workers noticed the odor emanating from a storage area of old chlorine tanks. The plant treats water for Yonkers and Mount Vernon, and the leak occurred on the section that treats Mount Vernon’s water.  There were no reported injuries.

The station, part of the Hillview Reservoir, is located at 375 Central Park Ave. just south of Yonkers Raceway. It belongs to the New York City Department of Enviromental Protection and 99 percent of the city’s water passes through Hillview from upstate reservoirs.

The reservoir property also stores large quantities of chlorine. This summer, federal environmental officials agreed to halt plans to build a $1.6 billion concrete cap over the water body.

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