Baltimore County

Millions of gallons of sewage overflowed Sunday in Essex

An estimated 2.4 million gallons of sewage overflowed Sunday afternoon into the Back River in Essex, the Department of Public Works said Tuesday in a statement.

The waterfront at Rocky Point, Cox's Point and Edgemere Park was posted with overflow notices by Baltimore County.

The overflow, largely attributable to heavy rainfall, lasted from about 12:20 p.m. until about 2:00 p.m.

A large volume of rain water in the sewer lines increased beyond normal levels the amount of sewage coming into the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Baltimore County, according to the department.

Construction upgrades at the plant also temporarily reduced the facility's ability to handle the excessive flow.

Health information about the overflow is available from the Baltimore City Health Department at 410-396-4422 or the Baltimore County Health Department at 410-887-3663.