The water was noted to have an "oily film" on much of the 108 acre reservoir and areas where the water had receded left a black residue on the vegetation.
It is interesting to note that it was reported that there was a sulfur-like smell in the air along with the presence of the oil film over much of the reservoir:
"The whole shoreline was pretty much solid with dead fish and it was stinking like a lagoon," said Burau. "It was just a disaster, a disaster. I've never seen anything like it."