Heavy rains caused an estimated 20,000-gallon sewage spill in Franklinton, Franklin County officials reported Saturday afternoon.
A statement from the county said the spill occurred in the area of a lift station off of Chavis Street. It is being attributed to an inflow of stormwater in the sewer system.
County staff responded after receiving a notification from electronic monitoring equipment. They found the operating equipment to be working properly, but unable to handle the amount of stormwater, the report said.
The county said it reported the spill to the North Carolina Division of Water Quality and that the spill is being reviewed.
Residents seeking more information on the incident are asked to call Franklin County Public Utilities interim director Mike Bailes at 919-556-6177.