40,000 gallons of sewage spill

Pipe under Route 100 in Ellicott City blamed

July 23, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A clogged sewer pipe under Route 100 at the Long Gate exit in Ellicott City spilled 40,000 gallons of effluent Saturday, according to Robert M. Beringer, chief of the county's Bureau of Utilities.

Residents of Brampton Hills subdivision, north of the highway, smelled sewage and called the fire department Saturday afternoon, Beringer said. A county crew of five worked from 5 p.m. through the night, using a "high velocity jet flusher," which finally cleared the line at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Beringer said the effluent rose 10 feet from the underground 8-inch-wide pipe, overflowing a manhole and leaking into a stream that flows toward Dorsey Hall and eventually flows into the Little Patuxent River. The county has posted signs to warn citizens away from the polluted water along the stream into Dorsey Hall.

The pipe is less than 6 years old, Beringer said, and his workers could not determine the cause of the clogged line. He plans to run a television camera through the pipe later this week to try to find the cause.

Beringer said it probably "was a severe blockage" that likely had been building up for months.

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