30,000 gallons of sewage spilled

By Sarah Willets - [email protected]

LUMBERTON — A sewer main break on Monday morning released about 30,000 gallons of wastewater, forcing the closure of Kahn Drive.

The area was blocked off into Monday evening as crews worked to repair a broken sewer force main under the road, according to Public Works Director Rob Armstrong.

According to a statement from the City Manager’s office, the sewer overflow reached surface waters via the Meadow Branch Canal. The Division of Water Quality has been notified and is reviewing the incident.

Monday’s sewer leak was unrelated to a water main break on Saturday evening that left some residents without water.

The water main break near the intersection of Roberts and Rowland avenues was reported at about 6 p.m. on Saturday and the city advised that residents may see brown water coming from their faucets.

The break was fixed by 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Armstrong said crews were able to put “a long-term repair in place.”

“Everything is back to normal, there is no more danger to the environment … all the brown water has been flushed,” Armstrong said.

By Sarah Willets

[email protected]

Sarah Willets can be reached at 910-816-1974 or on Twitter @Sarah_Willets.

Sarah Willets can be reached at 910-816-1974 or on Twitter @Sarah_Willets.

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