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Talbot County Working on Solutions After Mishap at St. Michaels Treatment Plant

Posted: 08/11/2017 17:31:00 -04:00 Updated:

ST. MICHAELS, Md. - All systems are a go at the St. Michaels Treatment Plant in Talbot County.

But two weeks back, with rain pouring across the peninsula, it wasn't the same story.

The system lost some power - leading to partially treated wastewater along with rainwater entering the Miles River.

It was a slight concern for customers at Gay's Seafood.

"We had a couple calls like, "Oh, are your crabs coming out of the Miles River? Are your crabs coming out the Miles River?" Owner Rennie Gay said.

More than 80,000 gallons of wastewater and nearly 17 times that amount of rainwater entered the river. People like Gay say, given that ratio, it's no big deal.

"Once in a while something's going to happen...and you know it's just one of those things," Gay said.

On Friday, county and state officials met to discuss ways to stop the mishap from happening again. Ray Clark, the county's engineer, says they've repaired pumps and plan on adding a pip that would send overflowing water into a nearby pond.

"We're trying to create fail-safe strategies," Clarke said. "If something fails, this will work. If something else fails, this other thing will work."

Gay says - that sounds like a plan.

"As soon as they found a problem, they corrected it and everything's great again," Gay said.

Clarke also says the county has plans on improving the sewage system starting later this fall.



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