20 million gallons of raw sewage dumped into the Little Patuxent River

No environmental damage expected

SAVAGE, Md. (AP) - UPDATE | More than 20 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Little Patuxent River overnight due to a power failure at a water reclamation plant in Howard County.

More than 2 million gallons of sewage spilled per hour from about 11pm Monday night until power was restored this morning at 11:30.

Officials say the overflow began Monday night when a storm-induced power supply loss from both electrical feeders caused the overflow.
 
Howard County Executive, Ken Ulman, tells ABC2 News that he had alerted BGE twice overnight about the power failure.

BGE crews responded this morning at 6am.

The amount of sewage that spilled represents just one percent of the total volume of water that flowed through the river throughout the duration of the spill.

There is not expected to be any significant environmental damage.

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