Wastewater spills into Surf City's intracoastal waterway

Reported by Max Winitz - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

SURF CITY, NC (WECT) - Flooding in Surf City Monday added to an estimated 14,000 gallons of wastewater spilling into the intracoastal waterway.

Residents living along Sea Manor Drive said their road looked more like a canal after the rain.  Homeowner Jimmy Quinn said the water was up to his ankles in his front yard.

"It was about as much water as I've seen, other than a hurricane or tropical storm," said Quinn.  "It's been years since I've seen it rain that long."

Two manholes on Sea Manor Drive gave way, releasing thousands upon thousands of gallons of wastewater into the waterway.

According to Surf City Mayor Zander Guy, the town is not at fault for the spill.

"It's nothing that we did out of negligence," said Guy.  "It just happened.  Hopefully we won't have that much rain any time soon."

Officials with the Division of Water Quality have conducted tests on the waterway and say it is okay.

"There is no danger at this time," said Guy.  "We are very confident based on our conversations that our folks have had with them, that we are fine."

The wastewater belongs to the Town of Surf City and does not affect customers of the Onslow Water and Sewer Authority.

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