446,000 gallons sewage spilled in Gwynns Falls

November 14, 2011|By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun

A sewer overflow in Southwest Baltimore spilled an estimated 446,000 gallons of untreated waste into the Gwynns Falls on Sunday, city officials reported Monday.

A Department of Public Works spokesman says officials suspect the 27-inch main overflowed because of an as-yet unidentified blockage. The overflow at Wilkens Avenue and South Dukeland Street was reported around 3 p.m. Sunday, and continued until public works crews were able to divert the sewage flow to another line around 11:15 p.m.

An investigation continues to find and fix the blockage, said public works spokesman Kurt Kocher. Hurley Avenue at Wilkens, meanwhile, remains closed while the city continues pumping operations to divert the sewage.

tim.wheeler@baltsun.com

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