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Downpours cause sewers to overflow into Herring Run

NOTTINGHAM, MD – Thursday night’s strong storms caused a local sewer overflow, according to the Department of Public Works.

DPW says that the storms caused a sewer overflow of almost 7.8 million gallons of storm water mixed with sewer water into Herring Run, and over 830 thousand gallons into the Jones Falls.

The overflows were recorded at four underground overflow structures along the Jones Falls, and at a manhole on Herring Run, just off of Belair Road.

The public is advised to avoid direct contact with the receiving waters impacted by these or any other overflow.

Waterways are considered impaired, and may not meet applicable standards for contact recreation, including swimming, regardless of the impact of a specific sewer overflow.

Accordingly, DPW discourages body contact with all surface waters.

For additional information pertaining to a specific overflow, please call the Department of Public Works at 410-545-6541.

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Data on all sanitary sewer overflows in available on DPW’s interactive online sanitary sewer overflow map.

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