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Is sewage still being released at River Road and Independence Boulevard where that spill was?

Ashley Withers
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Cape Fear Public Utility Authority crews work to repair a sewer spill at Barnards Creek along River Road  on Jan. 25, 2012. Some 1.4 million gallons of waste was spilled there. StarNews photo by Mike Spencer

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority crews work to repair a sewer spill at Barnards Creek along River Road on Jan. 25, 2012. Some 1.4 million gallons of waste was spilled there. StarNews photo by Mike Spencer

Q. Some time ago there was a massive raw sewage spill into the creek at River Road and Independence Boulevard. Now, each time I cross that bridge there is still a strong odor of raw sewage. Is untreated sewage still being released into that creek?

A. Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Spokesman Mike McGill said this smell is typical of a marsh and it is not related to a sewage spill. There is currently no sewage spill over into that area.

McGill said this smell can be made worse in times of wet weather.

“Any smell now would be unrelated to anything that happened in the past,” he said.  “It’s simply the smell of the marsh.”

RELATED LINKS:

StarNews: Authority fined $8,500 for January sewage spill

Why is there a sewage odor in the air around the Bradley Creek area?

Who cleans up raw sewage spills for the CFPUA? How much does it cost?

 

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