- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A sewer pipe break caused by last week’s heavy rain has spilled millions of gallons of raw sewage into a central New York lake.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports (https://bit.ly/2eUpoEC ) Onondaga County has told the state Department of Environmental Conservation that a 42-inch diameter pipe near Syracuse’s Inner Harbor broke Friday during a period when it rained for nearly an entire day.

The county report filed with the DEC said sewage spilled into the lake at a rate of 5,000 gallons per minute for more than a day, totaling more than 7 million gallons.

The county’s Water Environment Protection commissioner says the 50-year-old pipe will be repaired this weekend, when sewage flows will be lower.

County officials say “no health or major environmental impacts have been identified.”

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Information from: The Post-Standard, https://www.syracuse.com


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