HAZMAT Incidents / Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 @ 9:16 p.m.

Sewage Incident in Rio Dell

A new hazardous materials incident involving sewage has been reported to the California Office of Emergency Services.

According to a report published by the office, the incident took place at or near a road in Rio Dell at around 8:18 p.m. today.

About 7,500 gallons of sewage were released to the environment, according to the person who called in the report.

Here’s the description of the incident that was recorded by the Office of Emergency Services:

Caller states that due to storm surge conditions, a sewage main line is overflowing through a manhole cover. The release flowing at a rate of approximately 125 gallons per minute and is impacting storm drains and a portion of the Eel River in the area. As much as 800 gallons of release has been recovered.

This was the first hazardous materials incident recorded by the Office of Emergency Services in the Rio Dell area this year and the second sewage spill in the county overall.

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