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2 sewage spills send 8,500 gallons into Deep Creek Lake

OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — Two separate spills sent about 8,500 gallons of raw sewage into Deep Creek Lake in far western Maryland, Garrett County officials said Monday.

A spill occurred Sunday morning about two miles southwest of McHenry, County Administrator Kevin Null said in a statement. A leaking service line spilled about 2,500 gallons into a ditch, causing it to flow into an adjacent stream and into the lake, the statement said.

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Another spill estimated at 6,000 gallons occurred Friday in the McHenry area, the county government said. Heavy rain washed out a culvert pipe under Glendale Road, causing a break in a 6-inch sewer line, the statement said.

Notices urging people to avoid the water have been posted, Null said, and the water quality is being monitored.

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