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Year in review: Top five stories from 2018, number two

Our number two story of the year came after Hurricane Florence caused more than 5-million gallons of wastewater into the river.

WILMINGTON — Hurricane Florence hit the Cape Fear region particularly hard in September and the area is still recovering — one of the impacts the storm had in several areas was wastewater spills.

On Sept. 15, the largest wastewater spill in CFPUA history happened as 5.25-million gallons of partially treated water spilled into the Cape Fear River.

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) first became aware of the spill at 6:40 a.m. Friday, Peg Hall-Williams, CFPUA’s spokesperson, wrote in an email.

While the generators that powered CFPUA’s monitoring meters were out of commission, the utility was unable to measure the amount of wastewater that entered public surface waters, Hall-Williams said. At approximately 1:52 p.m., Hall-Williams updated Port City Daily with the amount: Over five million gallons.

Read the full story below. 

5.25 million gallons of wastewater, CFPUA’s largest spill ever, discharged into Cape Fear River

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