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The Dripby Brew Editors3:46 pmMay 19, 20140

Sewer spill in Baltimore County is linked to vandalism

Manhole cover removed and sewer line blocked in remote area near Cub Hill Road

An estimated 300,000 gallons of sewage spilled into Gunpowder Falls in northern Baltimore County due to a vandalized manhole, county officials said this afternoon.

In a wooded area southwest of Cub Hill Road, a manhole cover was found removed yesterday afternoon by a local resident.

The 12-inch sewer line was blocked with rocks, causing raw sewage to dicharge into a tributary of Gunpowder Falls.

Baltimore County crews brought in heavy equipment and used an emergency “pump-around” to direct sewage around the blocked line. The overflow was stopped at 10:00 a.m. today, according to a news release.

The Baltimore County Health department is monitoring water quality in the area and will publish a water-contact advisory if necessary on its website.

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