About 60,000 gallons of sewage overflowed July 8 in Elkridge, official says


About 60,000 gallons of sewage overflowed in Elkridge during the deluge July 8, a Howard County official says.

Robert M. Beringer, chief of the county Bureau of Utilities, said the sewage system at Furnace Avenue, where the line crosses the Patapsco River, was overwhelmed during the storm, forcing sewage to the surface, where it was washed away and diluted with storm water.

"We've been doing a lot of work down there," Beringer said, to clean the line and prevent overflows, but it wasn't enough.

The county plans to smooth a dip in the sewer line as it enters and leaves the river, he said, to reduce the chances of backups and spills. "We want this ready for spring rains," in 2006, he said.

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