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Rains Produce Sewage Spill in Rocky Mount

Posted March 10, 2008

— City officials blamed nearly 3.5 inches of rain over three days for an overflow that spilled 9,500 gallons of raw sewage from two manholes on Johnson Street.

The spill, reported Saturday, pushed about 900 gallons of sewage into Cokey Swamp, officials said.

High water levels from the rain helped dilute the sewage, however, and officials said tests showed no impact on dissolved oxygen and pH levels, two measurements of water quality.

Tests for fecal coliform bacteria were being processed Monday, they reported.


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  • 1Rx4FN Mar 10, 2008

    Interesting, sewage backup that might not be the result of a garbage disposal. Alas, due to the rain, people could not go outside to dispose of scraps so down the drain the went...thus the backup. Maybe Rocky Mount should ban disposals as well like Raleigh.

  • The Fox Mar 10, 2008

    This is a yearly event with Rocky Mount.

  • fedupwithitall Mar 10, 2008

    dang...that stinks!

  • veyor Mar 10, 2008

    I know the city is glad they're not Murphy Farms.

  • Meandmytwo Mar 10, 2008

    I live here in Rocky Mt. and this is my first time hearing about this. It sure was not in the Evening Telegrahm at all. Look like, the City Of Rocky Mt. wolud have warned everyone here about the spill.

  • Mustang Sallie Mar 10, 2008

    The City of Rocky Mount will certainly have enough money to clean up any problems caused by the rain. First we are told to conserve and we are successful in our attempts now our city is raising the water rate and the sewage rate because our lack of use resulted in a loss of money for the "Good Ole Boys" down at the City. The Tar River Reservoir is flowing over the dam and out to the Sound, but the "Good Ole Boys" still won't let us use any water.