Broken Line During Flood Sends Millions of Gallons of Sewage Into River

Environmental officials say millions of gallons of sewage have flowed in the Patapsco River after a line broke during flooding in Ellicott City.

Jay Apperson is a spokesman for the Department of the Environment. He tells The Baltimore Sun that about 5 million gallons per day of sewage have poured into the Sucker Branch tributary of the Patapsco.

Apperson says the break came in Ellicott City when the town took on 6.5 inches of water within hours Saturday night. The broken line was not discovered until Tuesday.

Officials say repairs are difficult because the road is washed out. On Wednesday, the Maryland National Guard airlifted equipment to the site.

Anne Arundel County issued a warning against direct contact with the Patapsco from Howard County to Baltimore.

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