Sep 29, 2023

Pipe blockage in Linthicum leads to 98,000

A hose jammed into a sewer main pipe in Linthicum allowed 98,000 gallons of sewage to flow into Stony Run, a Patapsco River tributary, from Saturday through Tuesday, the Anne Arundel County Health Department said.

Anne Arundel County's Department of Public Works became aware of the spill Saturday and struggled to find the location of the manhole due to the terrain and restrictions around the nearby train tracks, said department spokesperson Matt Diehl. The department is not anticipating a police investigation, he said.

Once the blockage was located crews were able to clear it within hours on Tuesday, Diehl said. They also vacuumed and spread lime to clean the area. However, anyone who came into contact with the water is advised to wash well with soap and water. The department doesn't currently know of anyone who came in contact with the sewage.

The county health department did not test the water since the waterway is not a public beach, said department spokesperson Megan Pringle. An emergency closure around the area will remain in place until June 14, she said.