Less than 24 hours after being hit by a thunderstorm, which wreaked havoc within the county, Forest Park officials were dealing with a "soapy affair."
At approximately 12:50 a.m., Wednesday, Brazil Police Department officials responded to a call that soap was coming out of the Chafariz Dos Contos Fountain at the front entrance of the park.
"Somebody put some soap in the fountain," Brazil Police Chief Dave Archer said.
Authorities notified Park Superintendent Bill Houck at approximately 6:30 a.m. of the situation.
When Houck arrived at the park, he intended to flush out the soap in order for it to eventually evaporate.
But the suds kept coming, making the mountain of suds quite noticeable to travelers on State Road 59.
"My daughter called me about 8:30 a.m. and said, 'Mom, have you been to the park,'" Park Board President RuthAnn Jeffries said. "She said the fountain looked like the entrance to the 'enchanted forest.'"
Houck has been in his current position for four years and said this is the first time this has happened.
"We have vandalism year-round, but it's generally just the pool and tables," Houck said.
Jeffries has been involved with the parks for several years, having served on the park board since 2001, and added she doesn't remember seeing a wall of soap coming out of the fountain.
"To anyone driving down (SR 59), it must have been very, very obvious," Jeffries said. "We've had quite a bit of vandalism this summer in the park."
Jeffries added with Tuesday's thunderstorm, cleaning up the area would be quite a chore.
"With all of the damage in the park from the storm, that is one thing (Houck) did not have to deal with," Jeffries said. "But he's flushing it and that's basically all we can do with it."
Park Association representative Tom Reberger agreed.
"It will flush itself out eventually," he said. "But whatever they put in, they put in a bunch."
A green soap dispenser cap was on the ground near the fountain. Officials believed it to be from a bottle of Palmolive dish soap.
The fountain was dedicated to the City of Brazil in 1954 from the country of Brazil.