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Neuse Receives Another Million Gallon Sewage Spill

Posted August 12, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Over 1 million gallons of untreated sewage has entered a tributary of the Neuse River. The mess began spilling out of a broken pipe at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. It is the second major spill to head toward the Neuse in recent weeks.

The North Carolina Division of Water Quality has sent crews and heavy equipment out to try to stop the flow and clean up what has already spilled. Officials say they believe the leak began Monday night or early Tuesday.

On the scene at 5 p.m. were six trucks, from which gravel was being unloaded in attempt to stop the flow of sewage from the 16-inch pipe.

The spill occurred in Garner, about a half-mile from Lake Benson.

Photographer:Richard Adkins