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CFPUA still battling sewage leak near Smith Creek in Wilmington, unknown amount spilled

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has been working since Tuesday to address a sewer spill. (Port City Daily photo / File)

WILMINGTON — An untreated sewage spill has closed a Wilmington street until further notice — the amount of sewage spilled is not yet known, according to the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.

“One Tree Hill Way is closed to traffic in both directions between North 23rd Street and Stanley Street, including the Love Grove Memorial Bridge. Access for local businesses near North 23rd Street will continue whenever possible,” according to CFPUA.

The spill began Tuesday and crews have been working on stopping the leak.

“Crews are working Wednesday to stop an SSO that began Tuesday, December 17, after the break occurred in a 24-inch force main at CFPUA’s Pump Station Number 10 near EUE / Screen Gems Studios. One Tree Hill Way was closed as a safety precaution to allow access for construction equipment, according to CFPUA.

“Work at the site continued throughout Tuesday night and included the use of three vacuum trucks to capture as much untreated wastewater as possible and transport it to CFPUA’s Northside Wastewater Treatment Plant.”

On Tuesday, CFPUA installed a bypass to try and divert the raw sewage from the pipe.

“Untreated wastewater not diverted was entering a stormwater drain. Much of the wastewater in the storm drain appeared to be flowing into a wet well that is part of CFPUA’s wastewater collection system. Some of the wastewater in the storm drain was being discharged to Smith Creek,” according to CFPUA.

“The amount of wastewater released as a result of the SSO has not yet been determined. CFPUA Environmental Management staff continue to conduct water quality testing. The incident has been reported to the N.C. Division of Water Quality,” the release concluded.

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