The Baltimore Department of Public Works estimates that 21,550 gallons of raw sewage flowed into Gwynns Falls over the weekend as a result of the break of a 8-inch sanitary main last Friday.
The break occurred in a wooded area near the 4200 block of Franklintown Road. The sewage overflowed into a tributary of the stream, which empties into the harbor near the Greyhound Bus Station in South Baltimore.
Anchor Construction Corp. installed about 18 feet of PVC pipe to stop the leakage about 30 hours after it was reported. DPW spokesman Kurt Kocher said downed trees delayed crews from reaching the site, adding that a subcontractor was now zeroing in on a segment of the main where there is a known blockage.
“The bypass pump is to remain in place until we are sure the blockage is cleared and sewage is flowing freely in the pipe,” Kocher said today.
Two Schools Closed
Damage to a 16-inch water main and 2-inch service pipe on Central Avenue resulted in the closing of two city schools today.
Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School and the National Academy Foundation Middle School were shut after workers from Monumental Paving & Excavating hit the main and service pipe about 1 p.m. yesterday.
Monumental is rebuilding Central Avenue between Eastern Avenue and Madison Street under a $28 million city contract. Kocher said water was restored at 11 a.m. today, and the contractor would be held responsible for the costs to the city of the disruption.