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Crews Clean Up After Sewage Spill Into Perry Creek

Posted August 17, 2007
Updated August 18, 2007

— City crews planned to work into the weekend to clean up almost 2.25 million gallons of raw sewage that dumped into a north Raleigh stream, officials said Friday.

Erosion of a stream bank undermined an underground sewer pipe along Triangle Town Boulevard, between Triangle Town Center and Interstate 540, this week.

The broken pipe spilled untreated wastewater into Perry Creek, which flows into the nearby Neuse River.

The city Public Utilities Department learned of the spill by 11 a.m. Wednesday and repaired the pipe by Wednesday night, officials said.

But cleaning up the spill required isolating the sewage and pumping it out of Perry Creek, officials said.

Fresh water was pumped into the stream near the shopping mall Friday afternoon, and crews placed devices downstream to trap the sewage so it could be removed.

Perry Creek south of I-540 was cleaned by Friday night, officials said.

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources was notified of the overflow, officials said, adding that no environmental damage had been reported.

The city could be cited by state regulators because of the spill.

Last year, a broken sewer pipe at a Cary pumping station dumped about 8 million gallons of raw sewage into Swift Creek. Lake Wheeler and Lake Benson had to be closed for several days because of high bacteria levels related to the spill.


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  • concreteman Aug 19, 2007

    whatusay... No, but the main lines, the larger ones that would be more prone to break and spill more would be found near waterways. Plus, the soil is more prone to shifting due to geology.

  • whatusay Aug 19, 2007

    concreteman...so you're saying there is no sewer lines in front of my house, or under a mall, or next to a school, or a church...all sewer lines run next to a creek.

  • concreteman Aug 18, 2007

    Whatuway..Most sewer lines are set up to flow downhill to the treatment plant, which are built next to a waterway. The easiest gravity fed way to do this is to follow the descenting slope of the waterway.

  • whatusay Aug 18, 2007

    Isn't it amazing that these leaks always occur in a stream? Wonder why we do not hear of these sewage spills in the city, a mall, in the highways, or in a field, always in a river or stream. Looks like it is cheaper to pay a fine than to process the sewage. Just my thoughts.

  • romex Aug 18, 2007

    lake wheeler is still messed up you cant even ski thair

  • ladyblue Aug 18, 2007

    getrealpeople- The broken pipe spilled untreated wastewater into Perry Creek, which flows into the nearby Neuse River. I thought my facts were straight. We had a nice person who works in this explain it to us in a nice manner thank you for your bluntness.

  • TruthBKnown Aug 18, 2007

    Sounds like Perry Creek is full of Nifong, or maybe it got Nifgonged.

  • darrdep9 Aug 18, 2007

    These sewage spills happen too often.....someone needs to be held accountable and pay a severe fine.

  • getrealpeople Aug 18, 2007

    Get your facts. This did not reach the Neuse River! They dam the creek and pump it all in a manhole or vac it out and clean the creek and fix the pipe. They don't just wash it down the river. The creeks are strained with your trash you throw out the window and stormwater runoff.

  • justaregularguy Aug 18, 2007

    I ran out of room! It is unfortunate that we as people only focus on negative issues such as this. The fact is that North Carolina is one of the top 3 states dealing with water/wastewater issues in the Country. We have the toughest standards in the country. Have a good day everyone! Ciao for Now.