Flushable wipes cause blockage; sewage spills into Crabtree Creek

From staff reportsJuly 13, 2013 

— More than 10,000 gallons of sewage overflowed in North Raleigh on Friday, with about half of it reaching a stream that drains into Crabtree Creek, city public utility officials said Saturday.

Clean-up crews were still on the scene Saturday, and the state Division of Water Quality was notified. The sewage spill happened in the 4100 block of Gardenlake Drive just outside the Beltline in North Raleigh, near Edwards Mill Road and Glen Eden Drive.

The overflow happened because of a blockage of flushable wipes, according to the city. The overflow went on for an estimated 36 hours before city staff stopped it about 5 p.m. Friday.

Utility officials noted that a city ordinance prohibits discharging flushable wipes into the sanitary sewer system.

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