Extra Alarm Response for Chlorine Gas Leak at Water Treatment Facility on Wood St, Round Lake Beach

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Police and firefighters from Round Lake Beach responded about 10:27 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2024 to a report of a chlorine gas leak at a water treatment facility at 1641 Wood Street in Round Lake Beach.

The water treatment facility is located just east of Tony’s Fresh Market and Crunch Fitness.

A Division 4 Box Alarm on Box #26-40 was activated by 10:47 a.m. Fire apparatus, emergency response units, and special hazmat personnel were staged in the Tony’s Fresh Market parking lot at the southeast corner of Route 83 and Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach.

The source of a small leak was discovered within 30 minutes. The incident is expected to be resolved quickly, if it has not already been resolved.

The Box Alarm was struck out at 12:41 p.m. but some crews are still on scene working.

As part of the Box Alarm, firefighters, paramedics, command officers and/or special personnel were assigned from Antioch, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Gurnee, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Long Grove, McHenry, and Mundelein.

Firefighters, paramedics, and/or a command officer were assigned from Lake Villa to stand by for other calls at the Round Lake Beach fire station.

Avon Center School on Route 83 is south of this scene. Wind direction is from north to south. Also Grayslake North High School is located southeast of the scene.

No wide area evacuations were ordered. The communities of Lakemoor and Volo are located south of the scene.

Although this was a small leak, very large leaks will cause evacuations of one-half mile in all directions from the leak (according to CAMEO Chemicals/chlorine).

While there are several hazards with a chlorine leak, the primary risk is an inhalation risk that involves chlorine reacting with moisture (water) in the airway and lungs, which causes tissue-damaging hydrochloric acid to form.

Waukegan Regional Airport Weather …
Time: 09:51

Wind: N 8

Visibility: 10.00

Sky/Weather: Fair CLR

Air Temperature: 77°F

Dew Point: 57.9°F

Relative Humidity:52%

Heat Index: 79°F

Air Pressure: 29.98 in … 1013.9 mb

Chicago Weather Observations on X: “Fair and 84 F at Chicago, Chicago-O’Hare International Airport: Winds are Northwest at 5.8 MPH (5 KT). The pressure is 29.96 and the humidity is 32%. The heat index is 82. Last Updated on Jun 14 2024, 9:51 am CDT.

Chicago Executive Airport Weather Observations on X: “Fair and 82 F at Chicago / Wheeling, Pal-Waukee Airport: Winds are North at 5.8 MPH (5 KT). The pressure is 29.98 and the humidity is 33%. The heat index is 81. Last Updated on Jun 14 2024, 9:52 am CDT.

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