Brunswick Wood Preserving Superfund Site
Floods Floraville Neighborhood
of 2005 the contaminated ponds and impoundments at Brunswick Wood Preserving
Superfund Site overflowed and flooded the Floraville Lane neighborhood.
Unlike other areas in Glynn County that experienced flooding during the
first week of October, the water that flowed from Brunswick Wood Preserving
were covered with diesel fuel and pentachlorophenol.
The GEC Project Manager spoke with residents the morning of October 8th
and learned that besides contaminated water in homes, well water had turned
an ominous yellow color. The Georgia Emergency Response Team was called and
the problem was reported. Calls were received at a rapid pace from the
Georgia Environmental Protection Division duty officer for the day, the
United States Coastguard, and several branches of the EPA.
After calls between state and federal agencies, the EPA Emergency
Response Branch was assigned to respond. David Dorian arrived less than 24
hours later on October 8th, assessed the situation and took a tour of the
Superfund Site. Persistent flooding prevented all areas of the Site from
being inspected. Of particular concern was the berm surrounding the 4 acre
pond of creosote, copper chromium arsenate, and pentachlorophenol at the
east end of the Site.
Most of the floodwaters had subsided by the time Mr. Dorian had arrived
and the sheen was much less visible. Several people living on Floraville
Lane recounted the flood and how the first floodwaters had a thick layer of
oil, and how the sheen thinned as the floodwaters flowed through the
neighborhood. But the immediate concern was regarding that yellow water
coming from their wells. Bottled water was provided by the EPA as an interim
measure until the wells could be tested and results obtained.
Mr. Dorian came by the GEC office to review earlier residential water
data and to further assess what action needed to be taken while he was
here. Past sampling indicated that the next round of well sampling was due
soon, and would better define the extent of any well contamination.