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Storms Cause Wastewater to Flow into Chesapeake Bay

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BALTIMORE (AP)- Baltimore public works officials say severe storms caused two sanitary manholes to overflow and release about 150,000 gallons of wastewater containing some raw sewage into the Chesapeake Bay.
    
The Baltimore Department of Public Works said in a news release that the overflows occurred late Wednesday and early Thursday after more than two inches of rain fell across the region within a span of two hours Wednesday evening.
    
Heavy rain can inundate the sewer system by flowing into sewage mains through cracks in the pipes and down manholes.
    
Officials say another 50,000 gallons of wastewater that was being treated at a South Baltimore facility overflowed into the Patapsco River due to a surge of water and a power outage.
    
Residents are reminded not to swim in urban waterways because of pollution.

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