15,000 gallons of sewage released into Herring Run

A damaged sewer line sent an estimated 15,000 gallons of wastewater into Herring Run over the last 24 hours.

Sewage from an eight-inch sanitary pipe – ruptured as a result of a water main break yesterday above the pipe – was stopped today at Brehms Lane and Kenyon Avenue in the Belair-Edison section of northeast Baltimore.

The overflow was caused when water from the broken water main eroded the roadway and damaged the sewer main and storm drain below it. 

Sewage entered the storm drain and was released into Herring Run at the outfall where Brehms Lane crosses the stream.

Crews stopped the overflow with by-pass pumping. The Department of Public Works estimates that 15,000 gallons of wastewater were released. The water main break also “impacted” 130 homes in the Belair-Edison area.

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Baltimore Health Department were notified of the overflow, and Herring Run has been posted, according to DPW. The overflow did not affect local or area drinking water, the agency said.

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  • ushanellore

    Cosmetic surgery won’t do

    The city is getting old,
    underground its pipes are rust,
    underground age gnaws
    like a giant rodent its teeth grate
    on the metal laid–
    one hundred years back
    when the city was built
    the founding fathers
    boasted about their city like none other–
    a gem with modern amenities
    better than most cities in their heyday,
    better than Paris on the Seine
    with its broad boulevards,
    better than Rome– its concrete pipes
    wending for miles thanks to slaves
    and soldiers connecting an empire–
    criss cross– with sewage lines.

    such was this city– glorious
    when ribbons were cut
    and speeches made at its inauguration
    no one imagined the deterioration
    of this city to its current state–
    but the rule for all living things–
    and a city is a living thing-
    is that they must disintegrate–
    they must fail–stumble–
    be weak and expire.

    Like the beautiful people
    on whom the damage
    of life leaves grooves
    and the toll visible
    on their bodies shocks the viewers–

    like Charlton Heston in Ben Hur–
    no charioteer a match as he swerves
    and lurches to the finish line
    a handsome buccaneer —
    whip in hand– his team of horses shining,
    his rival defeated, bloodied on the ground–
    only a movie but O so real–

    and Charlton Heston fast forwarded
    to a different time
    confused, weary,
    fallen from his zenith–
    a star evaporated–
    by the tangled webs in his brain–
    not a movie but O so real–

    Like Robert Mitchum swashbuckling–
    reduced to wasted– an oxygen tank
    connected to his nose,
    his swagger gone torched by smoking,

    like Bette Davis after her strokes–
    a stunner when glamor defined
    the screen but hobbling and slurred,
    angry, bitter and hurt by deception–
    her talent submerged
    under a mound of wrong turns,

    Or even Joan Rivers–
    propped, tucked, tightened,
    smoothed and suctioned–
    a glossy cover– moldering–
    from inside– she must move
    outward in the process of rotting
    what’s hidden is where
    she will succumb–

    So also cities–
    beacons in the beginning,
    burdens when they are creaking,
    their networks and arteries
    clogged and out of sight–out of mind,
    until they burst their rot on the crust
    where people swarm for clean water–

    warring over drops they will drop
    on the wheezing bust of the city
    when sewage runs into rivers
    the Joan Rivers method will not work–

    patch work to please the eye
    will only hasten– the destiny to die–
    will get ever closer
    if the infrastructure is not replaced
    inside out– the city
    will go the way of Charlton Heston,
    Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor
    and the rest of the beautiful people–
    destroyed by the rust in their pipes….

    Usha Nellore

  • River Mud

    Oh, “it’s been posted.” Well, thanks Baltimore City. I hope it’s been posted for all of the aquatic critters from Herring Run to Virginia Beach, as this ball of pollution works its way south through the Bay and out into the ocean. But then again, I guess oysters might have a hard time getting out of the way. Hmm.

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