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Massive Spill Sends Filth into 2 Creeks

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GARNER — Water quality teams spent much of Tuesday evening cleaning up from a massive sewage spill that occurred near Highway50 near Garner. By Wednesday afternoon, water quality officials said thecause of the spill had been repaired.

A pipe broke, sending untreated sewage into two creeks that feed atributary of the Neuse River.

The Garner Waste Water Treatment Plant pipe break spilled nearly 1 million gallons of sewage. Water quality experts say several hundredfish are dead. The sewage is circulating in two creeks off Oregon Trail,near State Highway 50.

Officials say, fortunately, there were no overflows at any of thesewage lift stations while repairs were being made. That means no drinkingwater was endangered.

Garner Town Manager Peter Bine says it could have been much worse.

Most concern appears to be centered around Swift Creek which is about1,000 yards from where the spill occurred. That area is home to manyendangered species. Wildlife officials were at the site Wednesdayafternoon investigating.

Crews were expected to return to the site Wednesday morning. Officialssay they will try to vacuum the area around the spill.

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