Franklinton/Youngsville, May 15, 2014: Franklin County Public Utilities experienced bypasses of untreated wastewater from pump stations located on Chavis Street in Franklinton and Railroad Street in Youngsville on Thursday, May 15, 2014.
The spills occurred after the area received rainfall ranging from 4.5” to 5.5“ in short duration, which caused flash flood warnings to be issued. The main cause of the bypass is attributable to the direct inflow of stormwater into the sewer collection systems. It is estimated that approximately 66,000 gallons of untreated wastewater entered an unnamed tributary of Cedar Creek and 114,500 gallons entered an unnamed tributary of Richland Creek.
Franklin County staff was notified of the spill by electronic monitoring equipment and appropriate staff responded to the incident. All operating equipment was found to be in working order but was unable to handle the inflow of stormwater.
As required by North Carolina State Law, the spill was reported to the North Carolina Division of Water Quality and is currently under review.
For additional information concerning this event, please contact Bryce Mendenhall, Franklin County Public Utilities Director at (919) 556-6177. Additional contact numbers can be obtained by visiting Franklin County’s website at www.franklincountync.us.
The Wake Forest Weekly
May 22, 2014
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