Sewage overflowed from a public toilet in Waterfront Park on Thursday, May 23, 2013 and entered a storm drain that discharges to the Willamette River. Maintenance crews estimate that about 2,400 gallons of sewage flowed across a sidewalk and drained to the river through a stormwater outfall pipe on the Willamette’s west bank just south of the Hawthorne Bridge.
Grease blocking a sewer pipe caused the sewage release. Maintenance workers cleared the line and stopped the release at 1:13 p.m. Thursday.
People should avoid contact with river water Thursday and Friday in the vicinity of the sewage release because of elevated bacteria levels.
The sewage release near the Hawthorne Bridge was not related to the combined sewer overflows early Thursday that were caused by heavy rain.
For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.