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Truck crash cleanup continues at Lake Texoma

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Environmental workers were still cleaning up Lake Texoma on June 29, 2018 after a paint truck crashed into the water a week earlier. (KTEN) Environmental workers were still cleaning up Lake Texoma on June 29, 2018 after a paint truck crashed into the water a week earlier. (KTEN)

KINGSTON, Okla. -- Cheryl Quillin and her husband come to Catfish Bay Campgrounds about four times a year But an area that's usually filled with people is now empty.

"You can tell it's kind of a ghost town right now," she said. "Most of the trailers here are the workers who've been working the lake."

The campgrounds have been closed for the past week as an environmental team cleans up the remaining spill after last week's fatal wreck on Roosevelt Memorial Bridge.

Quillin shares the same questions many campers now have: Is it safe to swim in Lake Texoma?

"We're not sure about the water, the quality of the water," she said.

Cleanup managers told KTEN that latex and oil-based paint spilled from the Sherwin Williams truck after it crashed into the lake south of the bridge on June 21.

Crews had a meeting Friday to discuss their ongoing operations, saying they plan be to be out on the water most of this weekend.

"The dive crew is still pulling in boom, and they will be for most of this weekend," said deputy project manager Joe Custer. "Be very aware of your surroundings, and be aware of these men out here working trying to clean this area up."

According to workers, the main water channel surrounding Roosevelt Bridge is open to boaters, but be aware of the crews on the lake as well as any remaining contaminants in the water.

"There will be some diver operations going on tonight and in the morning, be very cognizant of that," Custer said.  "This is a huge weekend with a lot of boating and a lot of traffic. Our push is to keep everybody safe, remember water safety, wear your life jacket, and be safe on the water."

As far as diving in, you're advised to swim at your own risk.

"They're opening everything up, so they are not going to let you out on the water if it's not safe," Quillin said.

The Oklahoma Department of Environment Quality plans to review water samples from Lake Texoma and have them back by Saturday morning advise on any remaining contaminants in the water.

As for the names of the two victims of the deadly crash on Roosevelt Bridge, troopers said their identities could be released this weekend.

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