Broken Pipe Leads to Sewage Spill

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 05:07 PM gHale

Residents should stay away from a stream in Phelps Luck, MD, after thousands of gallons of sewage leaked out from a pipe break during storms over the weekend, Howard County Health Department reports.

A pipe broke on Saturday, the county learned of the incident Sunday and workers fixed it by 11:15 a.m. Monday, officials said.

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The county posted signs alerting people to stay away from the stream, where 96,000 gallons of sewage overflowed between Phelps Luck Drive and Halflight Garth, the report stated.

Residents should also keep pets away from the impacted area. Because of the recent rainfall, county officials said the waste water should soon dilute.

Crews worked Monday on a workaround for the pipe and anticipated the work would continue overnight.

The Maryland Department of the Environment is aware of the situation and so are the surrounding neighbors, county officials said.