More than 10,000 gallons of sewage overflows into Hyattsville creek

August 27, 2013

More than 10,000 gallons of untreated sewage overflowed into a Prince George’s County creek after a log became stuck in a pipe, authorities said.

According to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, a sewer main located in the 7400 block of Village Green Terrace in Hyattsville became clogged around 12:30 p.m. on Monday.

A WSSC crew that happened to be in the area smelled the odor of the overflowing sewage and tracked down the source. The blockage was fixed and the overflow was stopped by 3:50 p.m., but not before 10,050 gallons of sewage flowed into a creek in the Beaverdam Branch Basin, authorities said.

Lime was spread as part of the clean-up effort, and residents have been advised to avoid the area, authorities said. The extent of the damage to the creek is unclear.

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