‘Excessive rainfall’ prompts sewer spills

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“Excessive rainfall” in recent days prompted two sewage spills into tributaries of the Cape Fear River.

The city of Dunn reported a discharge of more than 1,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into Mingo Swamp in the river basin on Tuesday. The spill occurred at its Eastside Pump Station on N.C. Highway 55 East.

The city also reported a discharge of 117,000 gallons of untreated wastewater from a manhole on the Black River Outfall near J.W. Edwards Lane. That spill flowed into the Black River when the wastewater flow exceeded the capacity of the city’s gravity sewer line.

Both spills were due to “area-wide flooding due to excessive rainfall,” according to releases from the city.

The North Carolina Division of Water Resources is reviewing both instances.

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