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Flushed wipes, grease cause 3,000 gallon sewer overflow in Garner

The City of Raleigh is again urging residents to flush only water, human waste and toilet tissue after another large sewer spill.

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GARNER, N.C. — Raleigh officials are again urging residents to flush only water, human waste and toilet tissue after another large sewer spill.

According to the City of Raleigh, utility crews responded to a sanitary sewer overflow from a manhole at 1421 U.S. Highway 70 West in Garner on Saturday.

Crews were made aware of the issue at 9 a.m. and had corrected it by 2 p.m. According to officials, the overflow volume totaled 3,000 gallons and was caused by grease and flushed wipes.

Some toilet paper brands advertise flushable wipes, but a Consumer Reports study found that some wipes advertised as "flushable" took at least 10 minutes to break down in water while some did not break down at all.

If citizens experience excessive sewer smells or see sewer overflowing manholes or pipes, they are asked to call 919-996-3245 immediately.

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