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North Carolina official: Spill had no impact on river

Published: 6:57 PM, 12/27/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-A North Carolina official on Friday, Dec. 27, said the discharge of 200,000 gallons of untreated wastewater from a sanitary sewer manhole into a tributary that feels into Richland Creek, on Sunday and Monday, "didn't have any impact" on Richland Creek, which feeds into the Pigeon River.Free Baker, Director of Public Works for Waynesville, saw there was "quite a bit of dilution" of the wastewater because 4.25 inches of rain fell during the time of the overflow.Baker said the heavy rainfall is what caused the wastewater spill."It was pretty clear water (that ran into the tributary) because of the inflow of rain water," he stated. He added, "Due to the rain, the stream flow in Richland Creek was very high.For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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