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Broken sewer releases 42,000 gallons of sewage overflow in Howard County

Posted: 4:25 PM, Aug 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-27 20:25:10Z

Erosion caused by heavy rains and a nearby stream contributed to a sewer main break that caused sewage overflows in Howard County, county officials said Monday.

The county posted a Precautionary Health Alert due to the break. Crews were dispatched to create an emergency bypass and repair the line. The bypass was finished by 10:30 a.m. Friday, and the sewer is no longer leaking. The county estimated about 42,000 gallons overflowed.

The break has been repaired and the line has been protected from future erosion. Signs have been posted to remind the public to avoid contact with the potentially contaminated area. 

For more information about the break, residents can contact the Bureau of Utilities at 410-313-4900.