County waste pumping stations overflow

February 25, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works reported yesterday that nine waste water pumping stations experienced overflows Saturday.

Raw sewage flowed into several waterways, including the South River, Church Creek, Chesapeake Bay, Sloop Cove and Furnace Creek. County officials were trying to determine how much sewage escaped the pumping stations as of yesterday afternoon, but a spokesman said it was not a significant amount.

No public health warning was released, but officials advised residents who come into contact with contaminated water to wash hands and clothing.

A combination of melting snow and heavy rains contributed to the overflow. In preparation for possible flooding, county workers used collection tankers to divert some of the flow, but in some cases the tankers didn't help.

County officials notified the state Department of the Environment about the overflows.

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