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'Flushable' wipes cause nearly 10,000 gallons of raw sewage to spill into creeks

Jan 27, 2020
<b>statesman journal</b></br>Part of the USA Today Network</br>'Flushable' wipes cause nearly 10,000 gallons of raw sewage to spill into creeks

Two separate spills caused at least in part by flushable wipes dumped nearly 10,000 gallons of raw sewage into Claggett Creek in Keizer and Mill Creek in Turner Sunday afternoon, the city of Salem reported in news releases.

Both water bodies are tributaries of the Willamette River.

Salem manages a sewer system network throughout Salem and in some surrounding communities.

At the site in Keizer behind Waremart, the overflow occurred from about 12:11 p.m. until 4:19 p.m. Sunday and dumped approximately 9,900 gallons of raw sewage into Claggett Creek.

Public Works crews found a blockage of grease and flushable wipes.

At a site off Delaney Road in Turner, about 84 gallons of sewage was spilled into Mill Creek between about 12:30 p.m. and 1:54 p.m. Sunday.

Public Works employees found the blockage occurred due to flushable wipes.

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  • Jan 27, 2020
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