Sewage flowed into Baltimore's Stony Run again this weekend for at least the second time this month. And apparently it's not under control yet.
A resident reported seeing (and smelling) "sewage-scented water" on Saturday morning welling up from a manhole cover in the 400 block of Linkwood Road in Tuscany-Canterbury. At the corner of Linkwood and Overhill Road, the residents saw more evidence of a recent overflow - "shreds of toilet paper and thick gray sewage sticking out of a manhole cover and coating the sidewalk and grass."
Jeff Raymond, spokesman for the city Department of Public Works, said a crew confirmed "a small amount of debris" in the 100 block of Overhill Road. Raymond said it was being cleaned up and the size of any possible overflow being determined.
Late Sunday afternoon, though, David Flores, water quality manager for Blue Water Baltimore, reported seeing sewage still spilling near University Parkway and the stream itself showing a grayish hue. There were no signs posted warning people to stay clear of the tainted water, he said.
It's not clear whether the spill seen Sunday is the same one reported Saturday or a different one. Earlier this month, though, an estimated 28,500 gallons of sewage spilled into Stony Run from a break in a sewage pipe near the stream. Public works crews used red and green dyes in trying to pinpoint the break, which was said to be leaking 50 to 100 gallons per minute.
UPDATE: "Crews walked the stream all through that area and could not find overflow," DPW spokesman Raymond reported Sunday night. The spill reported Saturday at Linkwood and Overhill did not appear to be active, he said. Crews will try again Monday morning, Raymond said, but in the meantime the agency spokesman said he'd asked that signs be posted along that stretch to warn the public to avoid the stream.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun