Vandalism Leads to Cary Sewer Overflow
CARY, NC – Stones and wood dropped into a manhole led to an estimated 1,350 gallons of wastewater overflowing near the 500 block of Fumagalli Drive. The spill occurred around 10:30 a.m. on December 5, sending waste into an unnamed tributary of Panther Creek. No fish kill was observed. Crews cleared the blockage by 11:15 a.m.; cleanup will continue through tomorrow and will involve building a dam downstream and flushing the creek with dechlorinated water.
The Clean Water Act requires public notice in the form of a news release issued by public works operators within 24 hours of the detection of a wastewater overflow of 1,000 gallons or greater that also reaches surface waters. Paid advertisements are also necessary for spills in excess of 14,999 gallons.
Sam Tingler, Chief of Utility Systems Maintenance, (919) 469-4399
Kathryn Trogdon, Public Information Specialist, (919) 380-4227
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240