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St. James sewage spill stinks up community

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A morning sewage leak caused road closures and hours of clean up in Brunswick County’s St. James community.

Witnesses described it as more of a nine-foot stream of sewage that was spewed into the air.

“When they took this lid off, it just exploded. It’s a small, two inch line used for cleaning the line,” said Tommy Lewis of the Brunswick Co. Public Utilities.

Utilities crews were inspecting pipes when it happened along St. James Drive.

“We got a ten inch sewer line that runs up this road. Every so often we put what we call clean outs. A clean out has got metal lids on it, twelve inch metal lids and what happened it when they took the lid off to inspect it, there must have been a weak piece of pipe, blew out right on top of them,” Lewis said.

Some roads were closed off for a few hours during cleanup so drivers would avoid the stinky sewage.

“With the quick response, it was caught before it got anywhere near a waterway,” Lewis said.

While the leak didn’t get into waterways, crews notified the appropriate state officials, who will decide if further inspection is necessary.

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videoA morning sewage leak caused road closures and hours of clean up in Brunswick County’s St. James community.

Witnesses described it as more of a nine-foot stream of sewage that was spewed into the air.

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