An estimated 151,000 gallons of sewage spilled from a plugged sewer line into a creek over about seven days before it was discovered Thursday, according to city officials.
The city says the spill took place behind a row of townhouses on Primanti Boulevard, off Glenwood Avenue, and that all of the sewage ended up in Turkey Creek, just upstream of Lake Anne. City officials say the spill did not result in a fish kill.
The sewage pipe was clogged with a buildup of paper products, according to the Raleigh Public Utilities Department. City officials say toilet tissue is the only product that can safely be put into the sewage system without causing problems.
City officials say the spill was reported at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, and a city crew stopped the overflow by 5:15 p.m. Cleanup work is taking place Friday.