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Posted on: July 30, 2021

Kenney Reservoir Reopens

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PRESS RELEASE: KENNEY RESERVOIR PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE 

DATE: 7/29/2021 

RELEASED BY: RIO BLANCO COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT 


Rio Blanco County Public Health and Emergency Management, in coordination with local first responders and state and local subject matter experts, have completed an initial investigation surrounding an unexplained event that occured on the night of Monday, July 26th into the morning of Tuesday, July 27th at Kenney Reservoir near Rangely Colorado. Several reports of sudden, unexplained medical symptoms were reported by multiple parties present on scene during the late evening to early morning hours that resulted in several individuals requiring emergency medical treatment. All parties are now stable, and no additional reports have been received. In the interest of the public’s safety, it was recommended that the Reservoir be closed to the public until additional information was available. After multiple thorough evaluations of the site in question and surrounding area over the last few days, no ongoing threats to public health or safety have been identified. It has been determined that it is safe to reopen the Reservoir at this time, with additional monitoring to ensure a similar event does not occur in the future. We are asking the public to report any abnormal or suspicious symptoms, odors or activity at Kenney Reservoir to public health over the next few weeks by calling the following numbers: 


For medical emergencies, please contact your medical provider or call 911 for immediate assistance. 


For immediate advice following a suspected exposure to an unknown substance or fume, please contact poison control at 1-800-222-1222. 


To report any additional occurrences or abnormal observations at Kenny Reservoir, please contact Rio Blanco County Public Health at (970) 878-9525. 


To reach the Colorado Department of Public Health Emergency Response Line, please call 1-877-518-5608. 


For additional questions regarding any toxic or unidentified substance/odor, please email cdphe_toxcall@state.co.us. We appreciate your cooperation and patience, as the health and safety of Rio Blanco County citizens remains our top priority


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