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UPDATE: City Manager: Local Rivers, Creeks Safe After Wastewater Spill

The results are in for a city here in the east that reported up to 250 thousand gallons of wastewater spilling into creeks that lead to the New River.

On Thursday, the city of Jacksonville reported a short in one of their wastewater system plants. Officials believe lightening hit an electronic panel, and that's why it took a full day for them to find out there was a leak that flowed from creeks all the way to the New River. The city manager said Monday the state's water quality test results are in.

"After three days of taking water samples, the city is very pleased to announce that DWQ does not believe there's any longer, any health hazard," said Jacksonville City manager Richard Woodruff.

The city encourages residents not to drink directly from a creek, but the water results from the state say a warning is not required.

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More than 225,000 gallons of wastewater has spilled in Jacksonville, and some of it has entered several streams.

Officials report the sewer overflow came from a manhole upstream of a lift station in the Barden Street area off Marine Boulevard near the intersection with Gum Branch Road.

Between 225,000-250,000 gallons spilled, according to a preliminary estimate, and some of the sewer spill entered into several streams.

Officials state the spill was discovered about 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

According to a release: "Early Wednesday morning, remnants of Tropical Storm Lee passed over Onslow County producing heavy rain and lightning. The connection between this weather and the failure of a pump at the Barden Street Lift Station is part of an investigation that is underway. City Manager Richard Woodruff has pledged a thorough investigation into the matter."

The release also states: "Some of the spill entered into Dotey’s Branch which flows into Mill Creek. All of these areas, as well as portions of the streams above and below these areas are now being monitored for contamination."

At this time, crews are working to replace the pump and clean the spill area.


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