Underground sewer overflows in East Baltimore

Posted at 6:41 PM, May 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 18:41:59-04

An underground sanitary sewer in East Baltimore has overflowed into the Jones Falls, according to the Baltimore City Department of Public Works.

As of Friday afternoon the overflow was continuing. The Baltimore City Health Department has been notified.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) advises the public not to come into contact with urban streams because of the possibility that pollutants may be in the water. 

The overflow volume has exceeded 10,000 gallons, according to DPW. The incident occurred underground, from what the City described as a "structured" overflow system in East Baltimore. The water has not spilled onto any streets.

The structured overflow was designed approximately 100 years ago, according to the Department of Public Works. The structured overflows are scheduled to be eliminated as part of the City's $1 billion Consent Decree sewer rehabilitation.

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