Utility crews repaired a blocked sewer line in Sykesville Tuesday morning after approximately 852,500 gallons of sewage leaked from the system, according to a prepared release from the Carroll County government.
The Town of Sykesville and CSX Railroad officials notified the Carroll County Bureau of Utilities that sewage was leaking from a manhole cover between the railroad tracks and the Patapsco River at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The leak occurred by the river behind the area of Schoolhouse Road and Oklahoma Road.
Utility crews located the spill, and determined there was a blockage in the piping. The blockage was cleared within four hours after crews notified the county of the problem, according to a prepared release.
Record indicate that the leak most likely started around Nov. 8. It is estimated that approximately 77,500 gallons of effluent leaked from the system each day.
The Carroll County Health Department and the Maryland Department of the Environment will determine what, if any, effect the leak had on the Patapsco River and what actions should be taken, according to a prepared release.