Baltimore County warns of sewage spill in Patapsco

March 15, 2010

Baltimore County's Department of Public Works is warning residents to avoid contact with the Patapsco River after 30 million gallons of diluted sewage overflowed into the waterway during the weekend.

A dozen pumps at the Patapsco Pumping Station, which is undergoing renovation, were shut down Saturday afternoon to protect them from damage after the melting snow and heavy rain raised water levels, said David Fidler, department spokesman. With nowhere to go, the diluted sewage spilled into the river over a 20-hour period.

By early Sunday afternoon, most of the pumps were running again and the sewage overflow had stopped, Fidler said.

The department advises residents to avoid the Patapsco downriver from the pumping station at 4612 Annapolis Road in Halethorpe.

— Eileen Ambrose

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