Mayflower severe weather aggravating oil clean-up efforts

MAYFLOWER (KATV) - When the Pegasus pipeline{}ruptured nearly two weeks ago what almost made the{}oil spill{}an even bigger disaster were the drains in the North Woods subdivision. They carried the oil the a nearby cove and{}dangerously close to all of Lake Conway.

But{}with Wednesday night's weather, it's became a concern again.

Since the clean-up efforts started, local and Exxon officials have said repeatedly that rainfall only works against their main goal which is to contain the oil that has been vacuumed as well as what's still on the ground. But because of the severe weather all crews could do was set up more booms and go home.

"What we are seeing now would actually be rainwater washing out, flushing out any other oil that might be trapped in small areas and{}small pockets," said Patrick McGinn, Spokesperson for Exxon Unified Command in Mayflower.{}" That would travel down the ditch system and that's why we want to capture it as quickly as possible."

McGinn says officials will assess what the result is Thursday morning.

"We'll have to wait until the lightning stops and send some of our folks out to assess the situation tomorrow morning."

Attorney General, Dustin McDaniel, voiced his concerns about the weather and the oil spill on the ground earlier in the day.

"In addition to the risk of tornado in proximity of the staging area, I'm concerned about the effect that heavy rainfall may have on dispersing the oil that has not yet been removed."

Officials{}still do not have a timeline on when all of the oil will be{}cleaned up.