WENY News - 1.2M gallons of sewage spills into the Chemung River

1.2M gallons of sewage spills into the Chemung River

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - New York State DEC officials say more than a million gallons of raw sewage was spilled into the Chemung River on Monday, July 2nd. The discharge overflow happened in three different locations over the course of 3 and a half hours. 

According to the DEC, the first discharge overflow started at 9 AM on 950 East Water Street. It happened over a period of 40 minutes and had an estimated amount of 30,000 gallons. 

The second discharge overflow started after 6 pm on 301 West Water Street. It happened for nearly an hour and 20 minutes and had an estimated amount of 550,000 gallons. 

The third discharge overflow started at 6:40 pm on 798 East Water Street. It happened for more than hour and had an estimated amount of 677,000 gallons. 

In total, 1 million 257 thousand gallons was spilled into the Chemung river. 

Officials with the state DEC blame rainfall for the overflow at the floodwall on West Water Street and south of the flood control pond across from Kennedy Valve. Officials say no containtment was performed and the public fishing areas could be potentially impacted by the spill. 

WENY has contacted the DEC for more information and are currently waiting to hear back.

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