Rocky Mount overflow sends untreated sewage into Tar River

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WITN) – A sewer system overflow in Rocky Mount sent thousands of gallons of untreated sewage into the Tar River Wednesday.

According to officials with the City of Rocky Mount, Tuesday’s heavy rains were responsible for a sanitary sewer overflow at River Side Drive. The overflow began at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and lasted until 9:30 p.m. that night.

“Due to the saturated soil conditions and the roughly 2.0 inches of rain experienced locally, the sewer collection system was overwhelmed with heavily diluted wastewater,” said Brenton Bent, Rocky Mount Water Resources Director. “The heavily diluted nature of the wastewater and the unusually high flows in the receiving water bodies helped to reduce the potential impact of this event.”

City officials estimated that 60,000 gallons of sewage reached the Tar River during the overflow.