Accident causes sewage overflow

August 30, 2006

A contractor digging up an old sewer line in Northeast Baltimore yesterday caused a sewage overflow that the city's Department of Public Works estimated at 15 to 20 gallons a minute.

Efforts to stop the spill near the 5200 block of Goodnow Road were continuing yesterday afternoon.

Officials said rough terrain was hampering their work.

The city said in a statement that a new sewer line is being installed. The old line will be bypassed and cemented shut. Signs are being posted, and residents are urged to avoid contact with Biddison Run, which runs through the Eastern Sanitation Yard.

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