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Phone: 503-823-7740

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Sewage flows from manhole into Willamette River

Sewage Release Advisory

November 8, 2015

Sewage overflowed from a manhole in southwest Portland this afternoon and entered a catch basin that drains to the Willamette River.

Maintenance crews investigating the release estimate that about 1,000 gallons of sewage flowed into the river from a stormwater outfall pipe. The outfall is on the river's west bank about three-fourths of a mile south of the Sellwood Bridge.

Maintenance crews cleared a blocked sewer line to stop the release.

Because of increased bacteria in the water, people should avoid contact with the Willamette River in the area of the Waverly Country Club through Monday afternoon.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.