Nearly 220,000 gallons of sewage spills in Rocky Mount

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WITN) – Officials in one Eastern Carolina city blame heavy rains earlier this week for thousands of gallons a sewage spilling in two locations.

Rocky Mount says the largest spill happened Wednesday evening into Thursday afternoon on Riverside Drive. The city estimated some 213,000 gallons of sewage made its way into the Tar River.

A smaller spill on Johnson Street allowed some 6,000 gallons of sewage to get into Cokey Swamp.

In both cases, after the overflows stopped, crews worked to vacuum the spill, washed roads with chlorinated water, and treat areas with hydrated lime.

The city says roughly 2.75 inches of rain fell, overwhelming the sewer collection system.