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Groundwater contamination concerns in Winnebago County

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) -

The Winnebago County Health Department is investigating the detection of chemicals in two private wells in Winnebago County.

The health department sent out a corrected news release Tuesday afternoon, saying the affected area is on the same street which is north of Auburn Street and west of Central Avenue, not Center Street as first reported.

The health department says Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC's) were detected in the drinking water.

"At this point in time, we do not know for sure how extensive this groundwater contamination problem is. Our Department is working in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health to evaluate the scope of the problem and to inform residents of the health risks. We are in the process of evaluating the extent and direction of flow of the VOC contaminate plume in the groundwater", states Larry Swacina, Director of Environmental Health Services for the Winnebago County Health Department.

The health department is distributing flyers in the affected neighborhood.

An informational meeting with residents is being held tonight from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Northwest Community Center on 1325 North Johnston Avenue in Rockford.

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