Brunswick County says Tropical Storm Hermine caused wastewater overflow

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY – Tropical Storm Hermine, in addition to interrupting schedules and flooding roads, also caused a wastewater release.

The county on Saturday said that approximately 6,000 to 6,500 gallons of partially treated wastewater was discharged overnight Friday and into Saturday morning, between 7:40 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. The release happened at the Carolina Shores Wastewater Treatment Plant, which received more than eight inches of rain over the course of the storm.

“(The) facility was inundated with rainfall in a 24-hour period associated with Tropical Storm Hermine,” a release stated. “Influent surges into the equalization basin caused intermittent overflows from the headwall of the unit over the reported period.”

Levels have since returned to normal. North Carolina state law requires the county to make such discharges known to the public. Anyone with questions can call 910-253-2485.