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Power Failure Causes Wastewater Overflow at Mill Creek Pumping Station
Heavy Snow Storm Knocked Electricity Off Line

Annapolis, MD (January 17, 2011) - Power failure last night at the Mill Creek Pumping Station caused an estimated 263,000 gallon wastewater overflow.

During last night's storm, electrical power and the secondary power source failed. An emergency generator also failed to start. Last night?s power failure occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. The generator power was restored at 12:30 a.m. this morning. The pump station is now operating normally. As a safety precaution, Department of Public Works crews remain on site to monitor.

A maintenance inspection of the Mill Creek Pump Station, including the generator, takes place monthly. The last inspection on January 6 found the generator to be in proper working order. The generator was also scheduled for its annual Preventive Maintenance inspection next month. A thorough investigation of this incident will take place.

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has ordered an emergency closing and warns against direct water contact at Mill Creek. The Department of Health warns people coming in contact with the affected water to wash well with soap and warm, clean water immediately. Clothing should also be washed.

The creek will remain closed until further notice from the Department of Health.


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