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DPW Reports Sewer Overflows Due to Heavy Rains on July 11

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) estimates that over 3.6 million gallons of storm water combined with wastewater overflowed into the Jones Falls when heavy rains hit the City during evening rush hour on Thursday, July 11, 2019. The evening’s heavy rains caused an additional 2.4 million gallons of storm and sewer water to flow into the Herring Run Stream. 

Sewer Overflow into Gwynns Falls Abated Same Day

Trash and debris contributed to a sewer overflow Tuesday, July 9, in the 4600 block of Briarclift Road.  This overflow of about 14,400 gallons occurred during dry weather and was caused by a combination of trash, rocks and other debris.  

Heavy Rains Contribute to Sewer Overflows

Rains over the weekend and continuing on Monday, July 8, 2019, contributed to sewer overflows of about 1.3 million gallons of stormwater mixed with sewer water.

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The City recognizes that all employees have the protection guaranteed by the First Amendment to think or believe whatever they choose.  The reports in this instance show speech that is repugnant and hurtful to many people, but the Law Department has made it clear that such thoughts are protected.  On the other hand, there exists standards of behavior applicable in the City workplace, as well as prohibitions on the use of City equipment in ways that are not in the best interest of, or might be incompatible with the mission of, the City government to create and maintain a welcoming and safe community for all residents and visitors.

The matter is under careful investigation and if remedial action is found to be necessary, it will be taken promptly. 

Contact

Jeffrey Raymond
410-545-6541
Kurt Kocher
410-545-6541
After hours, weekends, or holidays please call 410-396-3100 for the duty officer

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works supports the health, environment, and economy of our City and region by cleaning our neighborhoods and waterways and providing its customers with safe drinking water and sustainable energy practices.