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Major sewer spill reported in Hunt Valley

Baltimore County reported a large sewer overflow that took place yesterday near Ashland Road east of York Road.

The flow, which began at 2 p.m. yesterday, was contained early this morning, the Public Works Department said in a media release.

The spill released an estimated 1.65 million gallons of sewage near Western Run, which flows into the Loch Raven Reservoir.

A private utility contractor reportedly drilled through a sewer line near Industry Lane (Hunt Valley) on January 30, leading to the sewage release yesterday.

The public is advised to avoid contact with the waste water. The County Department of Health is currently monitoring water quality in Western Run.

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  • Dbaums

    Great. A good number of the blue-ribbon trout streams are upstream from this, but can’t wait for MD to lose that designation.

    • River Mud

      If Little Falls and Beetree lose that designation, it’s because of runoff and septic failure. The kinds of things the “flush tax” and “rain tax” are designed to curb (if not gutted by lawmakers in Annapolis).

  • River Mud

    Luckily, only 900,000 people get their drinking water from Loch Raven, so all is safe. Balt County has known that area, nearly 100% paved, is a problem for overwhelming the sewage and stormwater systems. Recently, I believe they turned down a development proposal in the floodplain of the stream, so at least somebody’s thinking about it in the County offices…

    • Dbaums

      Eek.

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