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Sinkhole caused wastewater spill into harbor

The sinkhole that emerged on West Mulberry Street on Monday caused a spill of approximately 48,000 gallons of wastewater, officials said Friday.

The street collapse near West Mulberry and Paca streets resulted in a blockage that released wastewater five blocks away at the intersection of North Pine and West Saratoga streets. The wastewater filtered through storm drains that lead to the Inner Harbor, officials said.

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The spill was "bypassed on Wednesday with pumps and temporary mains," the Department of Public Works said in a statement Friday. The city health department and the state Department of the Environment have been notified, officials said.

"The public is reminded to avoid contact with urban waterways due to the risk of pollution," the public works department said in its statement.

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