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Vandalism believed cause of Durham sewer spill

Posted November 17, 2019 1:19 p.m. EST

Durham police were called to a townhome complex after bullets sprayed one of the units.

— A sewer spill is thought to be an act of vandalism, according to City of Durham officials.

On Saturday, approximately 19,250 gallons of untreated wastewater flowed into Little Lick Creek from a manhole at 33 Janee Lane.

Crews responded to the spill by 1:30 p.m. and found a large tree branch in the manhole creating the blockage. The branch and other debris was removed, and the spill was contained by 6:30 p.m.

Next, crews cleaned the area around the spill, dammed the creek and installed a bypass pump to remove the remaining wastewater from the creek.

According to the city, no immediately visible environmental impacts or hazards to people or property were observed.

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources was notified as required by law.

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