Pipeline break leads to Amarillo sewage spill

December 3, 2009 8:22:33 AM PST
Results on lab tests are pending after a pipeline rupture in southeast Amarillo dumped an estimated 500,000 gallons of sewage into some ditches. City officials say the cause of the rupture is sought.

Water and sewer superintendent Floyd Hartman says the break was discovered Monday. No residences were affected.

A statement from the city says wastewater collection department crews completed a repair on the main by midnight Monday, with cleanup on Tuesday.

Amarillo has notified the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Hartman says samples were taken at Southeast Lake to determine if any raw sewage reached the water via the drainage ditches.


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