UPDATE: 1 pm, Sept. 28 – City crews are still working to stop the leak that is spewing sewage into the Gwynns Falls. DPW spokesman Kurt Kocher tells The Brew: “Crews digging now. Excellent progress being made. More as I get info.” He said the city will pump out the sewage found around the location.
The Department of Public Works reports that a sanitary sewer break in West Baltimore is dumping about 50 gallons of raw sewage per minute into a tributary of the Gwynns Falls.
The damaged 8-inch line is located in a wooded section of Gwynns Falls Park near the 4200 block of Franklintown Road, the department reported in a statement emailed to the media tonight.
The leak was first identified about noon today and crews responded immediately, the agency said, but were not able to access the leak because of large downed trees near the site.
Repair work is scheduled to begin tomorrow morning.
The Gwynns Falls runs through Northwest and West Baltimore and enters the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River near the city’s Wheelabrator Recycling Plant and Greyhound Bus Station.