- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland authorities say brief, heavy rain caused the city’s sewer system to send raw sewage into the Willamette River.

National Weather Service hydrologist Andy Bryant says as much as a third of an inch fell about 4 p.m. Monday.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/5iWC94 ) that flooded the city’s combined sewage and rainwater system, discharging untreated water into the river for about 12 minutes.

The city warned residents to stay out of that area of the river for 48 hours.

The discharge is the eighth since the city finished the $1.4 billion Big Pipe project in 2011. Before that massive underground tunnel project was completed, the city averaged 50 overflows each year.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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