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FIRST ON 3: Storm causes CFPUA sewer to overflow; storm drain to cave in

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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) - Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Operations crews responded to and resolved a sewer system overflow (SSO) of approximately 2,015 gallons that occurred early Monday evening, September 27 in the Pine Grove and Holly Tree area of the Hewletts Creek Basin in Wilmington, NC. The first notification received of this SSO was at 2:45 PM. The incident, to include the overflow, ceased at 11:15 PM. The spill entered the wetlands of Hewletts Creek.

The overflow was caused by the abnormally high rain event in the area (10+ inches in less than 24 hours) and the increased volume of water introduced into the collection system. CFPUA crews responded very promptly and contained / vacuumed overflowing wastewater, therefore significantly reducing the quantity of the spill until the rain event and residual flooding subsided.

CFPUA Environment and Safety Management has and will continue to perform water quality monitoring to determine the impact of the spill. NC DWQ was notified of the spill and worked closely with CFPUA during the response process.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Yesterday's torrential rain did not only cause problems for drivers. All the water caused a sink hole on Greenville Avenue in Wilmington.

The heavy rain caused a segment of a storm drain pipe on Greenville Avenue to slip down, causing the sink hole. Crews had to make the hole even bigger to fix the problem. This morning they were trying to finish repairs before it started raining again.

"The state utilities contractors is going to try and temporarily repair it so that it will last until the rain stops, and after that they'll try and repair it permanently," said Chris Bowling, a project manager for the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. "They're going to try and put something around it so it doesn't wash any more soil into the storm drain and then back fill it so it doesn't leave a safety hazard."

The CFPUA plans to leave the road closed until permanent repairs are done.

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