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NC town reports spill Impact on Pigeon River uncertain

Published: 7:54 AM, 12/26/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-The Town of Waynesville, N.C., had a discharge of an estimated 200,000 gallons of untreated wastewater from a sanitary sewer manhole off of North Carolina Highway 209 into an unnamed tributary to Richland Creek beginning Sunday, Dec. 22, at 1 p.m., and lasting approximately 28 hours, the Public Works Department announced.Richland Creek flows into the Pigeon River, but as of Monday afternoon, Dec. 23, it was unclear the impact, if any, the spill had, or would have, on Cocke County citizens using the Pigeon River.A statement from the Waynesville Public Works Department said that the discharges "ended when rain and stream flows subsided. Areas affected were cleaned and limed."The press release also states that the rainfall total for the 28-hour period of discharge was 4.3 inches.For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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