An estimated 21,600 gallons of untreated sewage spilled into an unnamed tributary of the Eno River in Durham this week after a sewer line became blocked with objects thrown down a manhole, according to the city.
The sewer was found overflowing around 2 p.m. Tuesday near Keystone Place, off Dearborn Drive and Old Oxford Road, according to the city Department of Water Management. The city did not specify what kind of objects were thrown down the manhole but said they were sufficient to block the sewer line.
Workers stopped the spill by 2:41 p.m. and cleaned up the surrounding area, according to the city. The spill did not appear to cause “adverse environmental impacts or hazards to persons or property,” the city said.