- Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina environmental officials say more than 2.2 million gallons of sewage is among the spills being reported as heavy rain overwhelmed wastewater treatment plants.

Officials with the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said in a news release that the Monroe sewage spilled into the Yadkin Pee-Dee River Basin. Also, they say the city of Thomasville reported three manholes near the Pilot pump station spilled 565,000 gallons of untreated sewage into Jimmys Creek. The city also reported a sewage spill of 493,000 gallons from another pump station.

They say a lift station in Asheboro dumped 336,000 gallons into Richland Creek, while one pump station dumped 90,500 gallons into Cedar Creek and another dumped more than 56,000 gallons.

Officials say people should limit direct contact with waterways.

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