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Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
Published on Sunday February 14, 2021 - 7:21 PM
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SALEM, Oregon - The City of Salem announced that an overflow of raw sewage occurred into the Little Pudding River on February 13, 2021 near 4810 Rebecca Street NE and also at Battle Creek. The event occurred while the City was experiencing broad power outages due to the heavy freezing rain event. The generator that was used to power the pump station experienced a malfunction. This caused the wastewater in a sewer collection system to back up; consequently, an overflow occurred at manholes at three sites along the sewer line: 4810 Rebecca Street NE, 4827 Patricia Court NE, and 4522 Settlers Court NE. Approximately 15,400 gallons of raw sewage were spilled during the event.

Salem Public Works Department crews were notified of the overflow at 5:10 p.m. on February 13 and stopped the overflow at 2:30 a.m. on February 14. City of Salem Environmental Services staff collected surface water samples from the Little Pudding River and will continue to monitor until the issue is cleared. Any bacteria that entered the site should be flushed out of the water body in the next few days. Salem Public Works Department encourages people to stay out of the water.

If you see an overflowing manhole or wish to report a spill, please call the Public Works Department Dispatch Center at 503-588-6333.