Sewage Spill Closes Cox Creek

November 08, 1991|By Staff report

The Health Department closed Cox Creek to water contact yesterday afternoon after a sewage spill near Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.'s Brandon Shores and Wagner Station power plants.

A break in a BG&E sewer line spilled about 9,000 gallons of untreated sewage between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., Health Department spokeswoman Evelyn Stein said.

The sewage backed up in a manhole, flowed through a ravine to a storm drain and poured into Cox Creek, she said.

"It's unlikely with the cold weather that that many people would be out in the water," Stein said. "But, as a precautionary measure, we've closed the creek to any water contact."

Sewage can transmit diseases, including hepatitis and polio.

The Health Department will monitor the water forseveral days before reopening the creek.

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