Released by Tameka Kenan-Norman, Public Affairs Manager, City of Rocky Mount NC
On Thursday, February 4, 2016, and Friday, February 5, 2016, four sanitary sewer overflows (SSO) occurred as a result of saturated ground conditions and locally intense rains.
The first SSO occurred on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at approximately 11:47am in the 100 block of Riverside Drive and resulted in an estimated volume of 34,795 gallons of heavily diluted wastewater flowing directly into the Tar River.
The second SSO occurred on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at approximately 9:15am in Kingston Avenue/Sutton Road and resulted in an estimated volume of 3,825 gallons of heavily diluted wastewater flowing into a tributary of Cokey Swamp.
The third SSO occurred on Friday, February 5, 2016, at approximately 8:35am at 691 Old Mill Road and resulted in an estimated volume of 3,600 gallons of heavily diluted wastewater flowing directly into Maple Creek.
The fourth SSO occurred on Friday, February 5, 2016, at 1521 Cherry Street at approximately 5:12pm and resulted in an estimated volume of heavily diluted wastewater flowing into Cowlick Creek.
“Due to the saturated soil conditions from previous rain events in January and the nearly 3.5 inches of rain experienced locally over a 30-hour period beginning the afternoon of Tuesday, February 3, 2016, the sewer collection system was overwhelmed with heavily diluted wastewater,” says Jonathan Boone, director of Public Works and Water Resources. “While any sanitary sewer overflow is unacceptable, the heavily diluted nature of the wastewater and the unusually high flows in each of the receiving waters helped to reduce the potential impact of these events.”
According to Boone, no lab testing could be performed as the receiving waters were in a high flow state.
For additional information, please call the City of Rocky Mount NC at 252.972.1290.
The City of Rocky Mount is located across Edgecombe and Nash Counties in Eastern North Carolina. City population is estimated around 57,000.