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Overflow Reported on Monday—Crews Responded Immediately

A sanitary sewer overflow occurred in a wooded area in Glen Arm at 10620 Harford Road this weekend. The overflow was discovered by a resident and reported to Baltimore County Monday morning. Crews responded immediately and discovered a broken sewer line and effluent discharging from a nearby manhole.

The overflow was caused by a break in the sewer line. The effluent backed up in the pipe and then issued from a nearby manhole. Contractors were called to repair the line and to set up a by-pass pump to divert the flow around the broken main which would stop the discharge. The by-pass was completed Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. and crews immediately began to replace the broken pipe.

Baltimore County Department of Public Works engineers are still determining the overflow volume, which entered a nearby tributary of the Gunpowder Falls. The Baltimore County Department of Health was immediately notified and will issue water contact advisories if necessary on the Department's website.

Caused by Pipe Damaged Due to Storms and Stream Erosion

Baltimore County’s Department of Public Works has reported a sanitary sewer overflow in the Sudbrook Park neighborhood of western Baltimore County. The overflow occurred in the Gwynns Falls (west of Silver Creek Road and north of Milford Mill Road) where a 33-inch diameter pipe was damaged due to storms and stream erosion.

The damaged pipe was reported at approximately noon on Tuesday, May 28 by a resident. County utility crews responded and set up a pump around. The pump around was completed at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29 and the overflow was halted in the off-road area. Overflow volume is estimated at approximately 500,000 gallons. The damaged pipe, a gravity sewer line crossing the stream, is about 60 feet long. The line was inspected in 2016 and at that time considered to have a low risk of failure.

The Baltimore County Department of Health will post health warnings in the area and will issue water contact advisories when necessary on the Department’s website.

By Dave Lykens, Acting Director
Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability

County environmental officials can’t be everywhere, so we appreciate it when people let us know when they see (or smell) something that doesn’t seem right to them. Reports from the public are a great compliment to our water quality monitoring.

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Know Who to Call

If you see an environmental emergency, call one of the following 24-hour emergency lines:

  • Department of Public Works’ Bureau of Utilities
    Call 410-887-7415 to report sewage overflows from a manhole, pumping station or elsewhere.
  • Maryland Department of the Environment’s Emergency Response Division
    Call 1-866-633-4686 if you come across evidence of a chemical spill or a fish kill.
  • Baltimore County 911 Emergency
    Call 911 to immediately report a dangerous or potentially life-threatening situation. You can also call 911 if you see someone illegally dumping trash and debris.

Report Pollution Online

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To report less time-critical issues, such as a pile of dumped trash, wash water or other suspicious liquids flowing into a storm drain or stream, contact our Watershed Managers. You can report pollution online or by calling 410-887-5683 during regular business hours (between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.) on weekdays.

Revised September 11, 2017