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Contractor damages sewer line in Westport, sewer water flowing at 100 gallons a minute

Posted: 5:41 PM, Oct 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-02 21:41:43Z

A private contractor damaged a sewer line in Westport, causing water to flow at a rate of 100 gallons per minute, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works said Tuesday.

The damage occurred on a line on Kent Street near Sidney Avenue. The flow began late Tuesday morning.

Crews are working to divert the flow into another main, and they've been using sandbags and other tactics to keep the wastewater from entering drain inlets, DPW said. While the work is in progress, overflow totals, including what's running into the Patapsco River, are not known. 

The public is reminded to not contact urban waterways due to the risk of pollution. More information about the health concerns due to sewer overflows can be found online