City work crews stop overflow from clogged sewer line

About 948,000 gallons spill into Herring Run

May 18, 2011|By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore public works crews stopped an overflow from a clogged sewer line Wednesday morning that poured hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw sewage into Herring Run in Northeast Baltimore.

The problem stemmed from what was originally described as a room-sized carpet that was apparently stuffed down a manhole Monday night, resulting in a blockage in the sewer line and causing sewage to spill into Herring Run near Harford Road at Argonne Drive, city officials said. The item turned out to be a roll of heavy fabric, public works spokesman Kurt Kocher said Wednesday.

"We are going to have to do a pump-around upstream to relieve pressure behind the carpet and whatever else may be jammed behind it," Kocher had said in an email Tuesday.

A total of 948,000 gallons of sewage had spilled into Herring Run, he said Wednesday.

The city has filed a police report about the incident and intends to prosecute if the dumper or dumpers can be found.

Sun reporter Liz F. Kay contributed to this article.

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