Released by Tameka Kenan-Norman, Public Affairs Manager
On Thursday, February 25, 2016, two sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) occurred as a result of saturated ground conditions and locally intense rains associated with a “tornadic” weather system which passed through central and eastern North Carolina.
The first SSO occurred at approximately 9am on Riverside Drive and resulted in an estimated volume of 6,600 gallons of heavily diluted wastewater flowing into the Tar River.
The second SSO occurred at approximately 9:50am on Creekside Drive near its intersection with Executive Drive and resulted in an estimated volume of 450 gallons of heavily diluted wastewater flowing directly into Stoney Creek.
“Due to the saturated soil conditions and the 1.0 inch of rain experienced locally over an eight hour period beginning just after 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, the sewer collection system at Riverside Drive was overwhelmed with heavily diluted wastewater. In the case of Creekside Drive, however, the overflow was the result of higher than normal flows coupled with a blockage in the sewer main,” 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, contact 252.972.1290.
February 4 and 5, 2016, four similar sewage discharges were reported by the City of Rocky Mount NC.