- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) - Heavy rains across North Carolina have caused wastewater and sewage to spill into creeks.

News outlets report that around 85,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into Boyd Creek from Boyd Creek Pump Station in Graham on Monday, while 10,000 gallons of wastewater spilled in Newton the same day with 3,000 gallons reaching McLin Creek.

Graham City Manager Frankie Maness says rainfall overwhelmed the lift station, which has spilled around 800,000 gallons of sewage since September. Plans to replace the station are underway and will cost more than $2 million.

In Newton, Public Information Officer Alex Frick says the rains caused overflow at manholes. The city has recorded three other significant overflows at that location in the past two years.

The North Carolina Division of Water Resources is reviewing both incidents.

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