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Heavy rain causes sewer overflow in Jones Falls

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Posted at 10:28 PM, Aug 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-02 23:16:36-04

Nearly 230,000 gallons of sewage overflowed into the Jones Falls Monday after heavy rain swept through  the area.

The overflow at North Charles and West Lanvale Streets started at 4:10 p.m. and lasted an hour and half. The Department of Public Works said the structured overflow released 229,000 gallons in the Jones Falls. Structured overflows were built into the system more than 100 years ago to provide releases when sewers were flooded.

The City’s remaining structured oveflows are being eliminated as Baltimore’s sewer system is being upgraded under the City’s sewer system consent decree.

The public is reminded to avoid contact with urban waterways due to risk of pollution.