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Grease clog causes sewage spill in Cary

Posted September 26, 2012 3:42 p.m. EDT
Updated September 26, 2012 3:45 p.m. EDT

— 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.