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THOMASVILLE, N.C. — North Carolina environmental officials said Monday that more than 2.2 million gallons of sewage is among the spills being reported as heavy rain and wintry weather overwhelmed wastewater treatment plants.

In a news release, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said 565,000 gallons of untreated sewage spilled into Jimmys Creek in Thomasville on March 7-8. The wastewater came from the Pilot Sanitary Sewage Pump Station.

“The spill was caused by an ice storm related power failure,” the city said in a news release.

Over 493,000 gallons spilled into Hanks Branch in the Yadkin/Pee Dee River Basin on March 7. The sewage came from Northside Sanitary Sewage Pump Station. The city said the spill was also caused by a power failure.

Over 78,000 gallons of sewage spilled into South Hamby Creek on March 7 from the East Davidson Sanitary Sewage Pump. Heavy rain was blamed for the spill.

A lift station in Asheboro dumped 336,000 gallons of sewage into Richland Creek. A pump station also dumped 90,000 gallons into Cedar Creek. A third station dumped over 56,000 gallons.

The Division of Water Quality is currently reviewing the sewage spills.


  • Queen Bee

    I’m surprised that a facility dealing with raw sewage is not forced to have generators and other safety measures in place to prevent spills such as these.

    • Just Me

      I also would like to know the answer to this question ….. The story reads that some had spills, but the last part says that there was some being drummed into creeks???? So what is the real answer …I live in Davidson Co. And would love to know the threats and if the story was just a misprint or if sewage is really being dumped in creeks …so confusing with the outlay of this …..spills, dumped, or both? please fox 8 answer as to what this really is and any dangers to the counties involved

  • Just Me

    * dumped not drummed ….I apologize….I also would still love to know about this. ….seems very disorganized to me

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