HAZMAT Incidents / Thursday, March 9, 2023 @ 8:14 p.m.

Rio Dell's Long-Suffering Sewage System Took Another Dump Tonight

Comes now news, from the California Office of Emergency Services, that Rio Dell’s creaky’s sewage system disgorged another 5,700 gallons of the raw stuff into the environment tonight at about 7 p.m., and the Eel River is being impacted. Sounds like they’re working hard to contain it.

Below: The incident as summarized by the LoCO Spillbot..

— Hank Sims


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 residence in Rio Dell at around 7 p.m. today.

About 5,700 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:

An ongoing sewage overflow is occurring at the listed location due to a storm surge. The City of Rio Dell Public Works Department and an environmental specialist are on-scene. The release is emanating from a manhole cover and flowing down a hillside that leads to the Eel River. The estimated flow rate was reported as 70 gallons per minute. Remediation is pending. No property damage has occurred.

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

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