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Grease clog causes sewage spill in Cary

Posted September 26, 2012

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— Collected grease and debris caused a 20,000-gallon wastewater spill Monday that reached a tributary of Middle Creek in Cary, town officials said.

The blockage was discovered about 2 p.m. near the 4900 block of Holly Brook Drive and cleared within an hour, officials said. But the untreated sewage had reached the tributary, killing two fish.

“Although our clean-up effort is complete, staff will remain in the area to oversee the ongoing flushing of the creek,” Sam Tingler, chief of utility maintenance for Cary, said in a statement.

He reminded residents to participate in the town’s free curbside recycling program for cooking oil. The town has collected more than 5,000 gallons of oils, fats and grease through the program since it began in 2009. The program is aimed at discouraging drain disposal of these substances, which can cause clogs, backups, overflows and spills.

The town released the information about the sewer spill two days after the incident, which is within the 48-hour reporting period required by law.

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  • JoCo50 at MXR Sep 27, 2012

    I'm surprise to find out that Cary allowed either grease or sewage.

  • Life-goes-on. Sep 27, 2012

    A lot of mess can be cleaned up in two days... Maybe Cary needs to consider a cash incentive to increase their grease pick up.

  • Milkman Sep 27, 2012

    I didn't think Cary allowed cooking with grease. Hmmm, next people will be allowed to have signs in their yards. Naaaaaa.

  • Jim-Jones Sep 27, 2012

    This appears to be a town grease collection problem as it says "collected grease caused a 20,000 gallon wastewater spill". I dont think that any normal families have 20,000 gallons of grease that they are pouring down the drain. maybe Cary needs to be fined by the good old EPA.
    common_sense_plz
    September 26, 2012 6:40 p.m.

    It says 20,000 gallons of sewage, not grease, use that common_sense_plz

  • dcatz Sep 27, 2012

    "I dont think that any normal families have 20,000 gallons of grease that they are pouring down the drain. maybe Cary needs to be fined by the good old EPA."

    They didn't say 20,000 gallons of grease. Grease blocks up the sewers, preventing some or all of the sewage in an area from flowing to where it needs to go. Eventually, enough sewage is backed up to where it backs up and overflows because it needs somewhere to go.

  • common_sense_plz Sep 26, 2012

    This appears to be a town grease collection problem as it says "collected grease caused a 20,000 gallon wastewater spill".
    I dont think that any normal families have 20,000 gallons of grease that they are pouring down the drain. maybe Cary needs to be fined by the good old EPA.

  • busyb97 Sep 26, 2012

    "There will be a candlelight vigil for the two fish at Woodhaven Baptist Chuch this evening at 6:00PM. I hope you all can be there."

    That was funny. LOL
    The PETA folks who are currently after the NC town and their New Year's "possum drop" will likely be there in droves.

  • kellypsnll Sep 26, 2012

    Maybe it was the fish's time to go.

  • ICTrue Sep 26, 2012

    There will be a candlelight vigil for the two fish at Woodhaven Baptist Chuch this evening at 6:00PM. I hope you all can be there.

  • skuzan Sep 26, 2012

    as a resident of Holly Brook Drive - please note that our mailing address is Apex, not Cary. So this article is posing a solution that is unavailable to us since we are not a part of Cary.

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