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6,000 gallons raw sewage leak into Deep Creek Lake

Associated Press
Deep Creek encountered 6,000 gallons of raw sewage this week.

MCHENRY, Md. (AP) — Garrett County officials say a faulty valve caused 6,000 gallons of raw sewage to leak from a condominium complex into Deep Creek Lake in the unincorporated community of McHenry.

The county's public works agency said Wednesday the leak occurred Tuesday morning at the Sun Place condo complex.

Officials say the sewage leaked into a roadside ditch, through a backwater and culvert into the lake near some boating docks.

Public works officials were notified at 8:15 a.m. and had the flow stopped within 25 minutes.

State and local environmental and public health agencies are sampling the water quality.

The affected area has been cleaned, and signs have been posted, advising people to avoid the water.

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