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Million Of Gallons Of Sewage Spill Into River

More than 4.5 million gallons of raw sewage poured into the Ohio River Wednesday.
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More than 4.5 million gallons of raw sewage poured into the Ohio River Wednesday.

Metropolitan Sewer District officials are trying to repair a sewage gate.

It's located near the 1400 block of Cecil Avenue, south of Fordson Way and west Interstate 264.

Officials said the sewage is from two sewer overflow points just upstream from the Morris Forman Wastewater Treatment plant.

RAW VIDEO: Sewage Spill

MSD officials said crews were working on the gate when it fell and blocked a sewage line around 11:30 a.m. That caused sewage to begin overflowing into the Ohio River.

A large crane was brought in to help repair the gate. Officials said they hoped to have the gate fixed later Wednesday night, but couldn't be sure when that would happen.

Officials said sewage will continue to flow into the river until the structure is repaired. Between 500,000 and 1 million gallons of sewage will pour into the river per hour until the problem is fixed.

MSD officials said the spill is the second largest dry weather sewage spill in the last 5 years.

MSD warned people to avoid contact with the Ohio River downstream of the spill for at least 72 hours and to avoid eating fish from the river for about one week.

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