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Major Cumberland Sewage Leak Detected

October 6th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim has confirmed to WCBC News that a major sewer leak has been detected near the Valley Street Bridge into Wills Creek.

The leak may be as much of 80,000 gallons of sewage a day, and that the leak was detected during routine maintenance.

The City has issued an alert not to use Wills Creek for fishing, swimming or other recreation downstream from the Valley Street Bridge to the Potomac River.  The Maryland Department of the Environment has advised water systems along the Potomac River about the problem.

So far, the source of the leak appears to be a mystery.

OFFICIAL NOTICE:

The City has issued a Public Notice that about 80,000 gallons per day of sewerage flow is leaking into Wills Creek under the Valley Street Bridge. 

Because of the potential health hazard, the public is warned to stay out of Wills Creek.  There should be no fishing, swimming, or any recreational use of Wills Creek from the Valley Street Bridge to the Potomac River.  The City has been working to locate the leak and resolve the issue, but the problem is that there is no sewer near the location where the leak appears to be entering the underdrains along Wills Creek. 

The City will continue to work on this issue until it is resolved, and will issue another notice at that time.  

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