Tropical Storm Ernesto Wastewater Overflows in St. Mary's County - Southern Maryland Headline News

Tropical Storm Ernesto Wastewater Overflows in St. Mary's County


St. Mary's County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) reports that four minor wastewater overflows occurred late yesterday afternoon, Friday, Sept. 1st, due to extremely high storm water inflow into the Lexington Park sewerage system and power failures caused by tropical storm Ernesto. Overflow locations and approximate volumes are as follows:

1. Manhole at Old Missouri Ave. - 3,500 gal

2. St. Mary's Square Shopping Center Wastewater Pumping Station - 750 gal

3. Forrest Run Wastewater Pumping Station - 1,200 gal

4. Interceptor Sewer through Pax. River NAS (south side) - 4,900 gal

Because of the low volume of sewage associated with these overflows, as well as the high rate of dilution caused by storm water inflow into the sewerage system and surface water flooding in these vicinities, as well long distances to the nearest streams, no adverse public health impact is anticipated. However, as a necessary precaution MetCom and County Health officials have decided to post signs in the vicinity of Missouri Avenue and the Forrest Run Drive to warn the public against human or animal contact with standing water until September 8th.

For further information, contact St. Mary's County Metropolitan Commission at (301)373-4733.

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