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Sewer line in Catonsville leaked for 3 weeks

Friday - 11/23/2012, 10:10am  ET

CATONSVILLE, Md. - Baltimore County officials say a Catonsville sewer line damaged by Superstorm Sandy went undetected for three weeks.

A Department of Public Works spokesman tells The Baltimore Sun ( http://bsun.md/Uxa7sf) that the pipe leaked nearly 1.3 million gallons of raw sewage into a Patapsco River tributary.

David Fidler says county workers discovered the spill Tuesday on the grounds of Spring Grove Hospital Center after a neighbor complained about the odor. The hospital is a state psychiatric facility.

Spokesman David Fidler says an uprooted tree broke the 8-inch sewer line. He says it apparently escaped notice because the rupture was in a wooded area of the 200-acre campus.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com


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