640,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into Johnston County creek during Dorian, officials say

Johnston County News

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) — Heavy rainfall from Hurricane Dorian is being blamed for causing a massive raw sewage discharge into a Johnston County creek, according to county officials.

Approximately 640,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into Mill Creek in Selma on Sept. 6 beginning at 6:10 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m., officials said Tuesday.

The spill, which occurred in the area of 1457 W. Noble St., was the result of “excessive rainfall associated with Hurricane Dorian,” county officials said in a news release. The storm “caused the rainwater and stormwater infiltration into the County’s wastewater collection system.”

The Division of Water Resources was notified of the spill that same day and are “reviewing the matter.”

The news release did not say if any fish kill was observed or if anyone’s drinking water was contaminated due to the spill.

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