WAXAHACHIE - The recent rainwater is creating more than just flooding concerns in North Texas.

State and local officials in Waxahachie are responding to the accidental runoff of chemically polluted waters leftover from the massive chemical spill last October.

Dean Settlemyer had just arrived at his lawn mower shop on Main Street in Waxahachie when he was greeted by something unusual.

I saw this foam floating in the air in my back property, so I walked back here and this is what I saw, Settlemyer said.

A river of foam washing down a rain swollen Waxahachie Creek.

But it wasn't so much the suds that concerned him. It was the putrid odor coming off the rushing waters.

It's that same smell that you could smell when it was burning that day of the fire, Settlemyer said. It's just that chemical, dirty chemical smell, as best I could say.

That day was Oct. 3 of last year. That's when a huge fire erupted and destroyed the Magnablend plant in north Waxahachie where workers mixed and stored mostly fracking chemicals.

Wednesday morning, Settlemyer contacted environmental officials who showed up on the scene a short time later.

At this time there are no apparent health threats, said Jerrel Cooper with The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. There is a concern that it has discharged into the bayous and ditches in this area, and we are monitoring that.

Late Wednesday, Magnablend officials released details. The nearly four-inch rain had over-run containment ponds established after the October fire. Those ponds were presumed to still be polluted with chemical residue.

Despite contingency planning and substantial investments in water diversion and containment capacities, this was a massive rainfall that exceeded the infrastructures we have had in place, said Magnablend CEO Scott Pendery.

Water samples will be taken by the state. Contamination levels will be monitored as the creek in question leads to the Waxahachie water supply.

Settlemyer gathered his own samples for testing. He's not sure who or what to trust besides his nose, and it tells him something is very wrong.

Like I said, you could smell it, Settlemyer said. As I stand here, you can smell it.

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